Net Neutrality Repeal Reversal Now Has 50 Votes in the Senate
00:10, Jan 17, 2018
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Schneiderman of NY, the attorneys general said the rollback of so-called net neutrality rules were "arbitrary and capricious" and a reversal of a longstanding policy to prevent internet service providers from blocking or charging websites for faster delivery of content to consumers. All 49 Democrats and one Republican (Susan Collins of Maine) are siding in favor of the resolution.
The FCCvoted on December 14 to deregulate the broadband industry, remove net neutrality rules, and to prevent states from issuing their own, similar rules. "Republicans will have to choose whether to do the bidding of big ISPs and major corporations or average consumers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses". For the resolution to take effect, proponents would still need to secure the support of the Republican-controlled House, as well as the signature of President Trump.
But even if the Senate Democrats secure another vote, the bill faces an uphill battle.
Democrats have said they plan to make net neutrality a midterm campaign issue, forcing vulnerable GOP candidates to stand with their party and adopt a position that, according to some surveys, is at odds with that of the broader public.
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Legal action following the FCC's vote in December to take broadband out from under Title II of the Telecommunications Act was expected by almost everyone, but the rush to court happens a bit sooner than anticipated. Markey asserted, "There is a tsunami of Congressional and grassroots support to overturn the FCC's partisan and misguided decision on net neutrality".
This afternoon, at a roundtable discussion of business, education, medical, agricultural, and community services leaders, Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) unveiled legislation he will introduce in the House to reverse the decision by the Federal Communications Commission to gut net neutrality. "We believe the FCC acted unlawfully when it gutted net neutrality, and I look forward to holding the FCC accountable to the rule of law".
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