Q: What is Senate Joint Resolution 52 (S.J.Res.52)?
A: S.J.Res.52 is an attempt by some lawmakers and special-interest groups to use a legislative procedure to overhaul internet regulation by way of a Congressional Review Act (or “CRA”). While the CRA is a useful tool in overturning basic rules, it was never intended to establish wide-ranging policy initiatives, such as legislation about the future of the internet – which prohibits public input and hearings.
Q: What is Net Neutrality?
A: A principle that means no blocking of legal content, no throttling, no discrimination, and continued transparency in customer practices with respect to broadband usage.
Q: Do internet providers support Net Neutrality?
A: Yes. They always have and always will. We stand by an open internet because it’s good for business, and our customers expect and deserve it.
Q: Is Title II the same as Net Neutrality?
A: No. The FCC did not repeal Net Neutrality; it repealed separate regulations called Title II or “utility” regulation. Unlike Net Neutrality, these 1930s-era utility regulations are not consistent with promoting a healthy future of the Internet.
Q: Should Internet Service Providers (ISPs) be subject to stricter laws than content providers?
A: No. All internet actors should be subject to the same rules.
Q: Will repealing Title II utility regulations strengthen the Internet?
A: Yes. Utility regulations deter investment in networks and put internet jobs at risk. They slow down innovation by requiring a government “permission slip” before launching new ideas. If Silicon Valley used these rules, Apple would still be stuck in the garage and Google would just be the wrong way to spell a really big number.
Q: What can Congress do?
A: Congress should develop bipartisan legislation to permanently preserve a free and open internet. Internet providers strongly support such a law.