Dems Propose Bill to Reverse FCC Repeal of Net Neutrality

Dems Propose Bill to Reverse FCC Repeal of Net Neutrality

Dems Propose Bill to Reverse FCC Repeal of Net Neutrality

Markey (D-Mass.) introduced a Congressional Review Act resolution to undo the Federal Communications Commission's vote to roll back the agency's 2015 net neutrality rules.

As it stands, the bill has support from all 49 Democrats and a single Republican, Senator Susan Collins of ME, putting it one shy of the 51 votes it needs for a majority.

Congress is given a 60 day period to pass a resolution to reverse FCC's repeal. A central piece of enforcing net neutrality is having internet service providers tell the government exactly what they are doing to manage and monetize their networks, as the rules against blocking, and throttling and paid prioritization will disappear once the item becomes effective. "Let me clear about this-AT&T is not interested in creating fast lanes and slow lanes on anyone's internet". So far, supporters of the resolution of disapproval say they have 150 votes.

The fight over net neutrality is not new: initiatives similar to the "Restoring Internet Freedom" order have been put forth by the FCC in the past decade, though they've always been shut down.

She also noted that the repeal of net neutrality rules is just one of several moves by the FCC that will cause serious harm to consumers.

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"We have until April 23 until our net neutrality rules are gone", said Rep. Jennifer Williamson, leader of Oregon's Democratic House Majority. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine.

"This was a partisan vote by an FCC commissioner who essentially adopted an agenda to dismantle everything that happened in the Obama years and this was one of his big trophies, getting rid of net neutrality", he said. The Internet Association, a lobbying group that counts Google, Facebook, Amazon, and dozens of other major tech firms as members, has also vowed to intervene in the lawsuit in support of net neutrality rules.

A bill has now been introduced in the Senate that would undo the FCC's repeal of net neutrality, but it faces nearly impossible odds in the House and with President Trump. "By repealing these open internet principles, we believe the agency greenlighted potential anti-competitive practices that could negatively impact consumers".

The Vermont Legislature is considering two measures to preserve net neutrality locally. In the Senate, we're just one vote away. "Net neutrality is overwhelmingly popular across the country - recent polling shows 83 percent of voters support net neutrality, including 75 percent of Republicans, 89 percent of Democrats and 86 percent of independents".

Protest participant and Magna resident Kevin Andrew Nelson said he thought internet regulation should be a politically neutral issue and that changes made by the FCC were meant to cede control to telecommunications power brokers.

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