Senate Democrats To Force Vote On Net Neutrality


Republicans now hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate, meaning two GOP Senators would need to go against the party for the vote to pass. Net neutrality-the principal that Internet service providers must treat all data on the Internet equally and not block, throttle, or charge extra or access to it-has been vital to growth of the Internet.

Last month, the FCC voted along party lines to eliminate its 2015 net neutrality rules.

The effort to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's recent repeal of its net neutrality rules just crossed an important threshold.

"In today's digital world, the internet is critical to free expression, free speech, and democracy", de León said in a statement. California legislators like President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon and Senator Scott Wiener know that Californians rely on a fair, free, and open Internet to remain a hub of business innovation, cutting-edge political organizing, and free expression. If 30 senators call for a CRA, they can make the entire Senate vote on it. Claire McCaskill became the 30th senator to get behind Markey's move. The Congressional Review Act, which allows lawmakers to review new federal rules before they go into action, provides for Congress to vote on new rules decided by federal agencies. If passed, the bill would overturn the FCC's rollback of net neutrality rules under the Congressional Review Act - the same legislative policy Republicans used to roll back Obama-era regulations a year ago. The fact that no Republicans have signed on to the resolution likely means it would be defeated in a floor vote.

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"The final version of Chairman Pai's rule, as expected, dismantles popular net neutrality protections for consumers". None of them are Republicans.

Washington state lawmakers, anticipating the repeal to net neutrality rules, hope to force broadband companies to disclose accurate information about the price and speed of their services, while also preventing those companies from creating so-called "fast lanes" for consumers who pay more.

The news comes as the Internet Association (IA) announces its plans to join the legal appeal against the net neutrality repeal by the FCC. Their announcement came on January 5, the day after the FCC introduced the final rules that will govern the internet under this repeal. Adding that it would continue to push for legislation to restore "strong, enforceable net neutrality protections through a legislative solution".