Net Neutrality: A Response From Kansas Senator, Jerry Moran!

Fight For Net Neutrality

Back on December 14, 2017, Ajit Pai’s FCC voted 3 – 2 to roll back the Open Internet Order, allowing cable companies and telcos to ‘self-regulate’ themselves. I believe, like many people in the United States, that this is a disastrous idea for the health of the Internet. The Open Internet Order was implemented because the likes of Verizon and Comcast were discriminating against and promoting certain types of traffic, the biggest of which was Comcast slowing Netflix traffic until Netflix paid for a ‘fast-lane’ to people’s homes.

I filled out a web form on after the repeal of the Open Internet Order, which sent an Email message to US Senator for the state of Kansas, Sen. Jerry Moran, and this is his response to me.

Dear Mr. Lewis:

Kansas communities, schools, and families depend on internet access for news, commerce, communication and information. I appreciate knowing your thoughts about the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) 2015 “Open Internet Order,” also known as the network neutrality order.

As a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, which oversees FCC functions, I am particularly interested in ensuring a fair regulatory environment for all internet actors. I believe the federal government must ensure a fair and open internet that is not blocked or slowed, and I agree that individual websites or online services should not be discriminated against.

However, I did not agree with the FCC’s 2015 “Open Internet Order,” which abruptly decided, on a partisan vote, to apply outdated, utility-style regulations to the internet. This inappropriate regulatory framework was intended for monopolistic telephone companies in the 1930s, and it has already proven to deter investment in rural broadband deployment.

On December 14, 2017, the FCC voted to reverse the 2015 “Open Internet Order,” restoring the “light touch” regulation of the Federal Trade Commission from previous decades while improving transparency requirements for providers. Now, Congress must pass long-term, bipartisan legislation governing the internet in a transparent and consistent manner; rather than subject to change from one administration to the next. This is an issue of great importance that requires a thoughtful, transparent debate which results in a fair and open internet.

I am grateful for the opportunity Kansans have given me to serve them in the United States Senate. Please let me know if I can be of service to you or your family in the future.

Very truly yours,
Jerry Moran

I take exception to the clear bullshit statement in the third paragraph. In America, cable companies are allowed to carve up the country, where they do not directly compete in many areas of the country, sponsored by state congresses and city government, I would call that a monopoly, wouldn’t you? So, the utility style ‘Open Internet Order’ is the perfect regulation for these companies. We need internet as much as we need electricity or telephone in the modern age, people without internet will be severely hindered.

The idea that a Republican would want to create bi-partisan legislation to protect Internet users is absolutely laughable. And, we cannot rely on the Democrats to have a backbone, they will cave in, because, just like the Republicans, they are being ‘bribed’ by the same big business interests. We, the people need to keep fighting, vote out these congresspeople and senators who are beholden to big business interests and vote in progressives who want to fight for the interests of every day Americans.

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