Senate Net Neutrality Resolution Would Put Rules Back in Place

by Joy Montgomery January 17, 2018, 0:15
Senate Net Neutrality Resolution Would Put Rules Back in Place

According to Attorney General Matt Denn, he has joined DE to a coalition of 22 other AGs in a multi-state lawsuit looking to block the FCC's attempted to kill net neutrality. The FCC the final version of its net neutrality repeal order on January 4, but it hasn't yet been published in the Federal Register.

The entire Senate Democratic caucus is on board with a resolution of disapproval of the FCC's net neutrality rollback along with one Republican backer, putting then one vote away from legislative victory.

Senate Democrats say they're just one vote short of being able to pass a resolution to reinstate net neutrality, according to The Washington Post.

"Internet access is a utility - just like water and electricity", Becerra said in a prepared statement. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who is leading the suit, said that the FCC's repeal of net neutrality was "arbitrary and capricious" and violates federal law. The 2015 decision had imposed the concept of "Net Neutrality", which required broadband internet service providers to treat all data equally and prohibited them from discriminating or charging fees differently based on factors related to the user, the content, or the platform. Republicans have previously used the Congressional Review Act to repeal Obama-era regulations.

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The FCC approved the "Restoring Internet Freedom" proposal, which called for repealing Obama-era standards that subjected internet providers to Title II utility-style regulations, on a 3-to-2 vote during its December 14 open meeting.

Democrats are pushing a vote to restore net neutrality protections the FCC ended in December.

But Democrats still need one more Republican to get past Vice President Mike Pence's tie-breaking vote, and it's not clear who that would be.

Markey said Senate Democrats will spend the coming months building grassroots support for the effort - an issue which he noted millennials watching closely. The FCC's new rule fails to justify the Commission's departure from its long-standing policy and practice of defending net neutrality, while misinterpreting and disregarding critical record evidence on industry practices and harm to consumers and businesses.

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