Net Neutrality is Back

by Bill McClellan on Nov 29, 2017 11:20:43 AM Government Relations


Many of you might remember ERA’s Net Neutrality 'Ninja.' For those who do not, Net Neutrality has been an ongoing battle between Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and the folks like us - ERA members who use the ISPs’ “pipes” to connect with each other and customers alike. This policy battle has been going on for years. There was a lull in the action during the Obama administration when the FCC codified Net Neutrality principals into FCC regulation. But now it’s back.... 

If all this talk of Net Neutrality sounds a bit confusing, you are not alone. Over the years I have seen thousands of interpretations trying to explain Net Neutrality in simple terms. I recommend watching this video below from the Wall Street Journal that does a pretty good job of explaining things.

Anyway, the new Federal Communications Commission Chairman is Ajit Pai. Chairman Pai has a very different take on Net Neutrality than we here at ERA do. Right before Thanksgiving, he announced plans to draft new rules that upend the FCC Net Neutrality protections finalized in 2015. As early as the middle of this month Chairman Pi and the other Commissioners could vote to end these hard won protections.

We will continue to update you here on the ERA blog as conditions change and merit reporting. For now, keep an eye out as the rules of the game could soon change once again.

 About the Author


Bill McClellan serves as ERA's Vice President of Government Affairs. Prior to joining the association, Bill worked as a lobbyist at the Georgia Automobile Dealers Association, covering the state legislature and Georgia's congressional delegation. Before working for the GADA, Bill managed political campaigns at both the congressional and state constitutional levels.

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