In a statement published on the Huffington Post Monday, Democratic Senator Al Franken said that this issue is the most essential free-speech issue of our time. However, he said that some of the current proposal can actually weaken confidentiality.
Meanwhile, these rules are set to be voted on by the FCC members Tuesday, which Chairman Julius Genachowski said that will require high-speed internet providers to treat all types of Web content equally. These rules will keep the companies from slowing down some types of websites or apps from close rivals and speeding up those from high-paying clients.
If these rules pass, the plan will go to the Congress for final approval, which remained questionable until the newly elected Congress takes office next year. Congress said that these rules are in the right direction but way too far enough. Legislators said that they will not oppose the net neutrality rules after weeks of trying to make it tougher. They said that if these rules are vigorously implemented by the commission, it can help represent an important milestone in the ongoing battle to safeguard internet freedom.
One of the Republicans opposed on the proposal saying that broadband companies have already debated that these rules will have a perverse effect on inhibiting capital investment, deterring innovation and raising operating costs. Nonetheless, in a separate statement Monday, most of the Congress said that they will not block the plan only after the commission makes a better proposal than what was originally circulated.