POLITICO title The GOP has been losing Free Internet radio in the House of Representatives for years, but its the GOP’s big losers article The GOP’s “Freedom Caucus” is making it easier for the GOP to pass anti-Net Neutrality bills, while also threatening to kill any chance of a bill that would prevent the FCC from passing net neutrality regulations.
The Freedom Caucus has made the Internet a major issue in the presidential campaign.
But in Congress, the party has been fighting to keep the FCC’s net neutrality rules in place and it appears the GOP is making the Internet less accessible to conservatives.
That’s especially true in the Republican-controlled House, where it appears that Freedom Caucus members have more influence than ever.
A handful of Freedom Caucus Members are already planning to vote against any bill that protects net neutrality, even if it’s a popular one.
This is the third time this year that the GOP has threatened to kill the FCC.
Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows has previously told Politico that the party will not support the Net Neutrality repeal bill even if its popular.
But the Freedom Caucus seems to have given up on the effort, telling Politico that it “can’t support any bill with net neutrality provisions that doesn’t include a ban on paid prioritization.”
Meadows added that “it’s up to the FCC to determine if a ban is necessary and if it should be imposed,” which is exactly what net neutrality opponents have been calling for.
“The FCC should be allowed to determine whether there is an economic incentive for Internet service providers to prioritize some or all traffic,” Meadows said.
“If they conclude that there is, then we should have the opportunity to weigh in and decide whether we want to continue to use the Internet as it was.”
But with Republicans threatening to vote in opposition to any bill the FCC might pass, net neutrality supporters aren’t buying it.
The GOP and the Internet Freedom Coalition are now fighting to get a Net Neutralia repeal bill passed, which is why Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows said that the group would support a bill to repeal net neutrality if the GOP does not support it.
“We are in a position where if we can’t get a bill passed through the House, we are going to continue fighting to have it pass in the Senate,” Meadows told Politico.
“I believe that if we have a bill in the Congressional Record that does not remove net neutrality from the Federal Communications Commission, we will oppose it.
We will oppose the bill.”
The FCC’s vote on net neutrality is expected to be delayed until June 3.
Freedom Caucus members are planning to hold a vote on the net neutrality repeal bill at the end of this week.
If Republicans vote to kill net neutrality now, it will effectively kill the bill that has been pushing for repeal for years.
The FCC voted to keep net neutrality in place in 2015, but the FCC did not allow ISPs to use paid prioritizing to block websites or block sites that are known to be anti-social.
The FCC voted 3-2 in favor of keeping net neutrality as net neutrality was a provision of Title II of the Communications Act of 1934, which allows broadband providers to use your Internet connection to offer broadband services to the public.
The vote came as a surprise to many as the FCC voted 4-3 to eliminate the rules in 2015.
The Republicans who voted to repeal the net-neutrality rules did so as a part of a larger effort to give ISPs more leeway in regulating their networks.
But since Republicans voted to kill Net Neutralism in 2015 and 2018, they have not been able to pass legislation to restore net neutrality.
The FCC has long faced criticism that it does not have the power to stop anti-net neutrality laws from being passed in the future.
In 2018, for example, the FCC announced it was considering a rule that would ban broadband providers from blocking sites that use anti-discrimination protections to discriminate against LGBTQ people.
While the FCC has been looking to repeal these rules, its currently unclear how the GOP will do that.
While it’s unlikely the GOP would pass a repeal bill that prevents the FCC in the near future, the Freedom Cores could still try to use a vote to block a repeal of the FCC net neutrality rule as leverage.