Net Neutrality debate in the US has picked up the pace once again and now House of Republican has sought the top honchos of big tech firms to appear before the US Congress. The House of Republican has asked companies including Facebook, Google, AT&T and Comcast to be present for the hearing scheduled by the House committee for September 7, 2017. Also Read - Twitter permanently suspends Donald Trump's account: Here's whyAlso Read - Twitter to make Joe Biden's @POTUS account begin with zero followers and tweets
For the uninitiated, the US government’s existing internet regulations do not allow internet service providers (ISPs) to block or control the flow web traffic. The laws also prevent ISPs from charging platforms such as YouTube or Netflix for early delivery of consumer content. According to Recode, attorney Chairman Ajit Pai of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) believes the current internet laws in the country are ‘too heavy handed’. Also Read - Donald Trump to ban the download of TikTok, WeChat on September 20
In order to mend ways, Republican Greg Walden and Chairman of House Energy and Commerce Committee, has reached out to the chief executives of top technology and telecommunications companies to testify their positions at the September 7 hearing over net neutrality. According to the committee, the hearing invite has been marked to influential IT leaders such as Alphabet CEO Larry Page, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson and Comcast CEO Brian Roberts including the top executives of Amazon, Netflix, Charte, and Verizon. ALSO READ: Apple CEO Tim Cook promised 3 big, big, big plants in the US: Donald Trump
Walden in his letter to the IT executives outlined that internet regulation rules formed during Barack Obama’s governance have disrupted the longstanding regulatory balance that for years allowed the internet to grow and thrive. The September 7 Congress hearing will be an opportunity to rethink the current regulatory model and build new rules from the ground up , Walden stated.