US Senators force vote on Ctrl-Z'ing America's net neutrality death

US Senators force vote on Ctrl-Z'ing America's net neutrality death

US Senators force vote on Ctrl-Z'ing America's net neutrality death

With McCaskill and Booker co-sponsoring Markey's resolution, that leaves 17 Senate Democrats-along with Angus King (I-Maine)-who have yet to make a commitment to defend net neutrality (see list below).

With the 30 votes, the CRA resolution will receive a full vote in the Senate. Once the new rule is published in the federal register and the FCC submits a report to the House and Senate, Congress has a limited period of time to act.

Internet Association president Michael Beckerman said the FCC action voted December 14 "defies the will of a bipartisan majority of Americans and fails to preserve a free and open internet".

Along with lifting the regulations that made it illegal for internet service providers to block or slow access to websites they did not own, net neutrality also prevents those providers from charging extra fees to customers, a "pay-to-play" arrangement in order to connect to certain websites or use applications that eat up large amounts of internet bandwidth. The CRA gives Congress the power to pass a "resolution of disapproval" to nullify new regulations within a 60-day window.

On Dec. 14, the Federal Communications Commission voted to remove net neutrality protections that had been introduced in 2015.

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Still, Free Press and others are pushing forward, noting the widespread popularity of the net-neutrality rules. There are still several pending lawsuits challenging the FCC ruling, along with new legislation being passed at the local and state level in many parts of the country, so depending on where you live Net Neutrality might never go away.

In California, the Courage Campaign is waging a similar battle, urging the California state legislature to restore net neutrality. IA intends to act as an intervenor in judicial action against this order and, along with our member companies, will continue our push to restore strong, enforceable net neutrality protections through a legislative solution.

Meanwhile, a separate effort to overturn the FCC's net-neutrality repeal has been gaining momentum.

The opposition to the FCC repeal is mobilizing in a big way. Pai's move raised eyebrows, as the current or incoming FCC chair has spoken every year since 2009, and he most likely would have been put on the spot about the net-neutrality repeal.

The Nebraska Telecommunications Association, which said it would study Morfeld's bill before taking a position on it, circulated a white paper among its 30 member companies a year ago describing the 2015 rules as trying "to fit a square peg in a round hole".

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