WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Net neutrality—or rules forcing equal treatment for all websites – is on the chopping block this week in Washington.
The change is causing a lot of debate – both in Congress—and in the business world.
39 of the Senate’s 48 Democratic and independent members are urging the Federal Communications Commission chairman to abandon his “reckless plan to radically alter the free and open internet as we know it.”
Those members wrote a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai this week, and that included Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin).
Baldwin said, “I feel as though, the rolling back of net neutrality rules is going to harm my constituents, my small businesses, and rural residents of Wisconsin.”
Right now—all internet providers are forced to deliver content to you at the same speed—regardless of the site or content—from text to video.
The Federal Communications Commission is expected to repeal that rule Thursday.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai told our Washington Bureau Chief, Jacqueline Policastro, he’s not second guessing his plan.
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) says the decision belongs with the FCC – and believes Congress doesn’t have a place in the debate.
He supports Pai’s plan – arguing net neutrality is holding the internet back.
Grassley said, “What we have found, because of the fear of net neutrality, investment in innovations has gone way down. So, what Pai wants to do will very definitely help broadband.”
Industry experts say internet service providers- like Comcast and Verizon have the most to gain financially from net neutrality repeal, because they’ll be able to charge for faster access to content.
Content providers, like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft fear they could be the big losers, because they could be forced to pay for that fast access.