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

Erica Roy
January 9, 2018

This effectively ended what many called Net Neutrality.

A Senate bill that would reverse the Federal Communications Commission's decision in December, received its 30th co-sponsor Monday, meaning that it will receive a vote, reports The Hill. Senate Bill 460 would make it illegal for broadband providers to block or limit internet service or interfere with customer access.

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".

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has reportedly gathered the 30 votes necessary for a resolution that would force a vote to reverse the FCC's recent repeal of net neutrality.

The FCC voted 3-2 last month to get rid of rules that prohibit internet service providers from blocking or throttling content, or from selling so-called "fast lanes" to sites that want speedier access to consumers. Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democratic Party.

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And if that was the end of the process, the resolution might have a chance of getting signed into law. Previously a seldom used, obscure law, the CRA was used multiple times by Congress previous year to overturn regulations issued in the waning days of the Obama administration. "In the House, we'll need about 20 Republicans to listen to their constituents and vote for the CRA".

Still, Free Press and others are pushing forward, noting that the net neutrality rules are widely popular. A University of Maryland poll last month found that 83% of Americans and 75% of Republicans said they supported them.

But while individual states trying to write their own net neutrality regulations is certainly an interesting topic of discussion, whether they are actually legally entitled to is another matter. That'll likely become important come November, since Democrats are already making the repeal of net neutrality a campaign issue in the upcoming 2018 elections. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Aaron said, had "awakened the public".

On Friday, the Internet Association, a trade group representing online companies including Facebook and Google, said it planned to sign onto an expected lawsuit seeking to block the repeal through the courts.

In a Statement announcing the advocacy group's intention to intervene in judicial action to preserve net neutrality protections, Internet Association (IA) President & CEO Michael Beckerman, suggested the FCC's "Restoring Internet Freedom Order" would gut net neutrality protections for consumers, start-ups, and other stakeholders.

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