Markey, Senate Dems plan to force net neutrality vote

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States Push Back after Net Neutrality Repeal
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17 January, 2018

The senator from NY states that they now have a total of 50 votes for a Senate resolution of disapproval that would restore the Open Internet Order of 2015 and thwart the efforts of Ajit Pai and the Republican members of the FCC. As of now, the resolution has support of all 49 Democratic senators along with the support of one Republican: Susan Collins of Maine.

Democrats need to convince just one more Republican to join the effort in the Senate.

Democrats will need one more Republican vote for passage in the Senate but even if they achieve that goal, the reversal will need the approval of the Republican-controlled House and President Donald Trump, who backed the December ruling by the FCC. The odds of both of those events occurring are likely very low. "Republicans will have to choose whether to do the bidding of big ISPs and major corporations or average consumers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses".

Democrats are fighting to save net neutrality, and today's announcement is another step closer to saving the internet for all Americans. The new rules subjected companies such as AT&T and Verizon to strict bans on the blocking or slowing of Internet content. The FCC order grants internet providers sweeping new powers to block, throttle or discriminate among internet content but requires public disclosure of those practices.

"Today's discussion reinforces that a free and open internet is essential to Vermont's economy, as well as the free flow of ideas, creativity, and participatory democracy", said Rep.

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Industry groups sought to have the rules repealed - filing a lawsuit against the FCC that ultimately ended in defeat.

"By repealing these rules, the FCC changed the so-called "Internet of Things" to the internet of kings", Miller said in a statement.

With the election of Trump, Republicans who opposed the regulations received another chance.

Legislation has been introduced by at least six state governments to preserve the rules, and legislators with other states also in the process of considering their own net neutrality bills. The first of those suits to challenge the decision might begin as early as this month. And a vote on the Congressional Review Act could take place this summer, depending on what else Congress has on its schedule.


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