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State Dems: Rural Wisconsin Suffers Most if FCC Dumps Net Neutrality

07 December 2017

In 2015, the FCC voted to prohibit those charges in a policy often referred to as net neutrality.

Protests are scheduled Thursday in Madison and cities all across the nation to demonstrate public support for net neutrality.

Those who argue for abandoning net neutrality say it stifles innovation by over-regulating Internet service providers, and that dropping the rule will create more competition among providers and result in lower prices.

The Internet Association, whose members include Amazon, Netflix and Uber, sent a letter to the FCC today requesting that the commission either delay its upcoming vote on the proposal to remove net neutrality protections or vote against it, Reuters reports. The FCC will vote on the proposal on December 14, which is why we must act now.

"This is just evidence that supporters of heavy-handed internet regulations are becoming more desperate by the day as their effort to defeat Chairman [Ajit] Pai's plan to restore internet freedom has stalled", the FCC said in a statement provided to Ars Technica, according to The Hill.

It also helps rural Americans gain access to high speed internet.

"These effects would have a disproportionate effect on the most vulnerable, as broadband affordability in low-income communities is already a significant challenge faced by communities nationwide, and who - without an alternative provider - would be forced to simply accept these practices to participate in our connected world", said Madigan.

In a letter to Pai, Internet Association President Michael Beckerman asked for the vote to be delayed, or for the five commissioners to vote down the measure. "Net Neutrality is essential to our democracy", the open letter said.

In response to a November 21 tweet that announced the FCC's desire to roll back the rules, Tonko tweeted: "This is bad".

Information from The Associated Press was used in this story.

State Dems: Rural Wisconsin Suffers Most if FCC Dumps Net Neutrality