A Democratic member of the Federal Communications Commission offered Tuesday an “alternative” to Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposed rollback of net neutrality rules.
“In just 2 days, the @FCC majority will vote to repeal the nation’s #NetNeutrality rules. Today I will offer my colleagues an alternative proposal to #SaveNetNeutrality. Your thoughts?” Mignon Clyburn tweeted.
In just 2 days, the @FCC majority will vote to repeal the nation’s #NetNeutrality rules. Today I will offer my colleagues an alternative proposal to #SaveNetNeutrality. Your thoughts? pic.twitter.com/sFQW3yi6KK— Mignon Clyburn (@MClyburnFCC) December 12, 2017
Included was an image of Pai’s proposed Restoring Internet Freedom order that had been marked up and changed to the “Retaining Internet Freedom" order.
The only words of Pai’s proposal that remained together formed the sentence “After further review of the record we affirm the 2015 Open Internet Order.”
The FCC will vote Thursday to repeal the net neutrality rules, which were passed by the FCC during the Obama administration and are designed to ensure Internet service providers treat all web content equally.
The five-member commission is expected to repeal the rules, 3-2, with Clyburn and fellow Democratic FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel opposing the rollback.
Democrats and Internet activists are calling for the FCC to delay Thursday’s vote after raising questions about the integrity of the public comments submitted to the FCC on net neutrality.
Of the 21.7 million comments submitted to the agency, more than 7.5 million contained the same sentence in support of net neutrality, according to the FCC. Those comments are associated with 50,508 unique names and mailing addresses, and nearly all of these 7.5 million came from 45,000 unique email addresses created by a website that generates fake emails.
More than 440,000 comments backing the Internet rules also came from a single mailing address in Russia, and they were filed with the FCC on July 12, the “Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality.”
Despite the concerns, Pai plans to proceed with Thursday’s vote as planned.