The First Amendment red herring in the net neutrality debate

Since the transition in January, progressive tech policy groups have worked overtime to shield the Obama administration’s net neutrality rules from President Trump’s deregulatory scythe. These rules, adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2015, prevent broadband internet providers from blocking or throttling lawful internet content and from prioritizing delivery of some content over others for a fee. In a February 8 press conference organized by advocacy groups and again at last week’s Senate FCC oversight hearing, several Democratic senators and other advocates reiterated their longtime support for net neutrality and warned the FCC against repealing the rules.