Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

Senate Democrats To Force Vote On Net Neutrality

Senate Democrats To Force Vote On Net Neutrality

Of course, the legal might of the ISPs will fight in the FCC's corner, while the new-money internet companies will back any rules which preserve net neutrality.

With McCaskill and Booker co-sponsoring Markey's resolution, that leaves 17 Senate Democrats-along with Angus King (I-Maine)-who have yet to make a commitment to defend net neutrality (see list below).

Realize that if the net neutrality repeal succeeds certain websites will be blocked, access to certain websites will be slowed, and there will be a toll for access to certain types of content.

The move comes as a way of blocking FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and his gang of unconstitutional fuckboys from dismantling a free and open internet. Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democratic Party. According to the act, only a simple majority of 50 votes is required to get past the Senate.

"Your proposal threatens to eliminate the FCC's oversight role that has been in place for decades under both Democratic and Republican presidents", said Senator of Colorado, Michael Bennet.

"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", Matt Wood, Free Press' Action Fund policy director, said in a statement.

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Just under a month after the FCC voted to repeal net neutrality, Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey announced today that the Senate will vote on a reversal of the decision. The CRA gives Congress the power to pass a "resolution of disapproval" to nullify new regulations within a 60-day window.

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

"We need common rules of the road that apply evenly to all players in the internet ecosystem", the paper states, adding that the net neutrality rules only applied to retail broadband providers and not major companies like Google, Amazon or Facebook.

Before this, a lot of the same big tech companies were fairly passive and inactive during the initial protests of the repeal.

There appears to be nothing important in the document that wasn't in drafts published earlier (although a full analysis will take time) - but it nonetheless sparked [PDF] Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to say that the decision puts the FCC "on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of the law, and the wrong side of the American public".

Despite the apparent public sentiment in favor of net neutrality, observers doubt whether the Republican-controlled Congress will pass Markey's bill.

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