Senate Democrats move to revive net neutrality rules - the wrong way

Senate Democrats move to revive net neutrality rules - the wrong way

Senate Democrats move to revive net neutrality rules - the wrong way

Unfortunately, some state lawmakers across the country are responding to these overheated doomsday claims with their own net neutrality bills to regulate ISPs on a state-by-state basis.

For the unaware, net neutrality is a term that refers to a set of federal regulations implemented in 2015 that prevented internet service providers from throttling, blocking or otherwise prioritizing one type of internet traffic over another. Pai could have allowed the primary portions of the repeal to take effect earlier, but he made a decision to wait for the OMB to sign off on a new version of the transparency rules that require ISPs to publicly disclose network management practices. Only those who could afford to pay for certain websites would have access to them.

An official notice of the repeal's effective date will be published in the Federal Register tomorrow.

Free Press Action Fund, Demand Progress and Fight for the Future - the three groups behind the organizing hub - today kicked off "Red Alert for Net Neutrality", a series of actions created to drive constituent calls and emails to lawmakers ahead of the Senate vote. A spokeswoman for Underwood said the state attorneys general have not sought a stay of the FCC order yet.

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The FCC's repeal rolled back so-called "Title II" regulations that classified the internet as a public utility and which, among other things, required internet service providers (ISPs) to treat all of the data traveling on their networks equally. This is also referred to as the open internet. "The effect of this will be better, faster, cheaper internet access and the free and open internet that we have had for many, many years", he said. "Now everyone will be able to see the truth for themselves".

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who voted in opposition of the rollback, criticized the agency's lead-up process, including a perceived failure to account for Russian interference in the public-comment process. "The FCC is on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of the law, and the wrong side of the American people". Susan Collins of ME is the only Republican who supports it, but that "there are a number of Republican senators who have shown an openness to potentially voting yes". With Sen. John McCain, a Republican, having missed votes this year as he battles cancer, 50 votes would be enough to clear the Senate. Advocates believe the Senate will vote before the end of next week.

A group of mostly Democrat senators are calling for a vote to overrule the FCC's decision to repeal net neutrality.

Markey expressed the urgency of his resolution following the announcement, writing on Twitter, "The Senate must act NOW and pass my resolution to save the internet as we know it". Of course, the House and Senate could override a presidential veto, but that would require a vote in favor of returning net neutrality to be cast by two-thirds of the members in each chamber. President Trump would then need to sign it - unlikely, given his views on the issue.

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