Senators force vote in an effort to restore net neutrality

Cesar Mills
May 12, 2018

Markey (D-Mass.) filed a discharge petition to force the Senate to vote on a Congressional Review Act resolution to reinstate the agency's net neutrality rules.

The Obama-era net neutrality rules will officially end on June 11, the Federal Communications Commission said today. This openness online has been possible because our net neutrality rules prevented internet service providers from discriminating against certain people, content, platforms, and websites by charging more for equal access.

"Americans are pleading for Congress to restore the FCC's net neutrality rules and now is the flawless time for lawmakers to act by voting for the CRA resolution that overturns the FCC's 2017 repeal".

Currently, the CRA has support from all of the senators who caucus with the Democrats and one Republican, Sen.

To uphold the net neutrality rules, the resolution must obtain a bare majority vote in both houses of Congress - and it would need the president's final approval.

The Democratic senators are getting some help, though, with popular websites like Etsy and OKCupid issuing red alerts on Wednesday, encouraging visitors to contact members of Congress to help save net neutrality. The Act lets Congress overturn regulatory action with a simple majority, and you might recall it's what the GOP used to kill consumer broadband protections previous year before they could take effect in March of 2017.

Late past year, the FCC voted to repeal net neutrality rules 3 to 2 - along party lines.

Late last month, Fortune reported that some FCC critics suspect the agency is dragging its feet in order to draw up its own net neutrality rules that would favor large ISPs.

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The Senate is expected to take up a resolution to overturn the FCC action Wednesday. Karr said that the expectation is that the measure will be approved by the Senate, but that the House of Representatives might be a steeper climb.

She continued, "I raised my voice to fight for internet freedom". Susan Collins (R-ME), along with Sen.

One after another, 15 Democratic senators - almost a third of their caucus - stepped to a microphone on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to call for tough rules to protect net neutrality. With the prolonged absence of Senator John McCain due to illness, proponents believe they will win on a 50-49 vote. "This upcoming Senate vote will be our opportunity to save net neutrality and deliver the digital future that Americans deserve".

Almost six months after the Trump FCC voted to kill net neutrality protections, we finally have an official date for the formal elimination of the rules.

It needs a majority in the Senate to pass, and at the moment it looks like it might get that.

Pai had said the repeal would keep the government from micro-managing the Internet.

"We're just going to restore what was in place until December of 2017 and then no further legislation will be needed", Markey said.

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