Congress Will Vote on Net Neutrality

09 January, 2018, 02:09 | Author: Gary Shelton
  • Mark Wilson  Getty ImagesSen. Claire Mc Caskill of Missouri

Of course, the legal might of the ISPs will fight in the FCC's corner, while the new-money internet companies will back any rules which preserve net neutrality.

Legislation to restore the net neutrality rules has garnered enough co-sponsors to come to the Senate floor.

Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, promoted dueling legislation - now in the form of spot bill SB 822 - stating the Legislature's intent to "effectuate net neutrality in California utilizing the state's regulatory powers".

Thirty senators have now signed on to cosponsor a resolution that would nullify the repeal, MA senator Ed Markey announced Monday on Twitter.

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A few weeks the FCC announced that they will move the internet from a Title II to a Title I service. Bernie Sanders - who is an independent but caucuses with the Democratic Party.

A Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would reverse the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality repeal needed 30 co-sponsors in order to get a Senate vote. The Congressional Review Act allows Congress to overturn recent federal regulations with a simple majority, and Republicans have previously used it to gut Obama-era environmental and consumer privacy protections.

Although Democrats now have the votes to force the resolution to a vote in the Senate, they have much steeper barriers to getting it enacted. Previously a seldom-used, obscure law, the CRA was used multiple times a year ago to overturn regulations issued in the waning days of the Obama administration.

"We need common rules of the road that apply evenly to all players in the internet ecosystem", the paper states, adding that the net neutrality rules only applied to retail broadband providers and not major companies like Google, Amazon or Facebook.

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In California, the Courage Campaign is waging a similar battle, urging the California state legislature to restore net neutrality. The vast majority of Americans support net neutrality as its death only benefits companies like Comcast and AT&T.

The opposition to the FCC repeal is mobilizing in a big way.

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

The repeal of net neutrality could destroy the existing free internet in the U.S.as we know it.

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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 previous year describing the 2015 rules as trying "to fit a square peg in a round hole".

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