In January, the future looked bright for net neutrality. After a surprise victory in the Georgia special election, Democrats gained a majority in the Senate, opening the door for an aggressive new leadership from the Federal Communications Commission that could restore net neutrality through regulatory order. There was even talk of passing a bill that would enshrine net neutrality in law.
Not much has happened in the three months since then. Biden’s White House dealing with the pandemic has focused on shepherding aid and reconstruction, some huge spending bills that require every bit of political capital the Democrats can spare. As a result, even basic measures, such as appointing a new FCC chairman, have caught up on more urgent matters. But that may finally change, with rumors from the FCC and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) set to introduce a net neutrality bill in Congress in the coming months.
In a new Verge Live event on May 12th, we dive into the fight against net neutrality and the wider progressive effort to upgrade America’s Internet. With so much of Washington focused on infrastructure, there has never been a better time to take stock of the broadband gap and the different ways the government can keep America online.
After a few opening words from Verge Editor-in-Chief Nilay Patel, we’ll have a talk with Markey about the way forward for net neutrality in this conference. Like our event in March, it will be completely virtual, but you can leave questions in a chat room if you want to know something.
We won’t be posting the full video publicly, so the only way to see it is through Register hereWe hope to see you there!