The biggest websites and the biggest Internet service providers are being summoned to Congress to testify about net neutrality.
US Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said he is scheduling a full committee hearing titled, “Ground rules for the Internet ecosystem,” for September 7.
“Today I’m sending formal invitations to the top executives of the leading technology companies including Facebook, Alphabet, Amazon, and Netflix, as well as broadband providers including Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, and Charter Communications, inviting each of them to come and testify before our full Energy and Commerce Committee,” Walden said during a Federal Communications Commission oversight hearing this morning.
End the ping-pong game
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who appeared at today’s oversight hearing, is leading a proceeding to reverse the commission’s classification of Internet providers as common carriers and related net neutrality rules. Walden wants Congress to step in and said both ISPs and websites should weigh in first.
Facebook, the Alphabet-owned Google, Amazon, and Netflix supported this month’s Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality event. Major ISPs have consistently opposed the net neutrality rules issued by the FCC in 2015, but the rules were upheld in court despite a challenge by the broadband industry.