Restoration of net neutrality rules hits key milestone in Senate

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Elizabeth Warren, fellow Democratic members of Massachusetts' congressional delegation.

Senate Democrats who are trying to force a vote on reinstating net neutrality rules have hit a key milestone. Monday, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, tweeted that she is that 30th co-sponsor. Markey wrote on Twitter.

Internet Association president Michael Beckerman said the FCC action voted December 14 "defies the will of a bipartisan majority of Americans and fails to preserve a free and open internet".

Last month, the FCC voted along party lines to eliminate its net-neutrality rules. The bill says that "No internet service provide engaged int he provision of fixed or mobile broadband Internet access service shall impair or degrade lawful Internet traffic on the basis of content, application, or service or use of a non harmful device, subject to reasonable network management". It seems that state legislators are starting to take matters of net neutrality into their own hands. The sponsors of the resolution include 29 Democrats and Sen. According to the act, only a simple majority of 50 votes is required to get past the Senate. "The Congressional Review Act gives Congress the power to reverse that corrupt and illegitimate decision and restore the basic protections that enable free expression, creativity, and innovation online".

And if that was the end of the process, the resolution might have a chance of getting signed into law.

The fact that no Republicans have signed onto the resolution means it's likely to be defeated in a floor vote.




Opponents of the FCC's effort to roll back net neutrality rules have gained enough co-sponsors for a bill that would force a Senate vote on the matter.

Tom Wheeler's net neutrality rules probably place too many restrictions on the telcos, while the so-called "Restoring Internet Freedom Order" maybe offers to much freedom to billion-dollar businesses, who haven't really earnt the trust being granted through light-touch regulation they now have. None of them are Republicans.

The state-by-state legislation being introduced could become the subject of a second net neutrality-related lawsuit.

"Supporting net neutrality should be a no-brainer for members of Congress, whose constituents from across the political spectrum are united in their opposition to the Trump FCC's attack on the open internet", Wood added. The bill also requires the California Public Utilities Commission to establish new rules to enforce net neutrality. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Aaron said, had "awakened the public".

The group, known as the Internet Association, clearly stated for the first time that these large tech companies like Microsoft, Google, and Facebook are not only against the repeal, but they will stake their well-being on overturning it.

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