Why should Republicans support net neutrality

USA: Democrats want a return to net neutrality - first Republican is there

Republican Senator Susan Collins wants to support a bill by her Democratic colleagues to reverse the abolition of net neutrality. Assuming the Democrats unanimously approve the draft of their colleague Ed Markey, they would be missing just one vote from the Republican camp, reports The Hill. Since the by-elections in the US state of Alabama, the Republicans have only 51 seats in the US Senate, so two dissenters are enough for a majority for the Democrats. Collins told the US portal that they did not support the FCC's decision against net neutrality.

In mid-December, the US regulatory authority FCC decided with 3: 2 votes that the rules for establishing net neutrality should be abolished. Supporters and opponents of the decision had each claimed to protect Internet freedom. The Democratic representatives on the panel criticized, among other things, that there had not been a single public hearing. In addition, there were irregularities in the course of the comments from the population. The promise that the decision will open the way to more competition between Internet providers is misleading because half of all US households cannot choose between several providers.

Still a long way to go

Collins let her spokeswoman say that she is in favor of a prudent process on the question of net neutrality in which experts and the public are involved in deliberations. It must be ensured that consumers are protected and the free choice of providers and continuous growth is ensured. Should the Democrats now succeed in convincing another Senator from the ranks of the Republicans of their plan, a law that is then passed would still have to go through the US House of Representatives, explains The Hill. There the Republicans have over 40 votes more than the Democrats. (mho)

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