Democrats need just one vote to save net neutrality

Jan 17, 2018, 00:10
Democrats need just one vote to save net neutrality

Critics of that move say net neutrality rules are necessary to prevent carriers from discriminating against competitors and small companies that can't afford high fees for fast-lane service.

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. Susan Collins, a Republican senator from ME, also supports the bill, setting the stage for a 50-50 tie vote that would have to be broken by Vice President Mike Pence.

Chairman Ajit Pai drinks coffee ahead of the vote on the repeal of so called net neutrality rules at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington.

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In a statement, Senate Democrats said the bill has support of all 49 Democratic senators.

More importantly, even if another Republican did defect, there are still two additional and very likely impassible hurdles: the House, and President Donald Trump.

"For Californians, the internet has always been an open, free, egalitarian space, accessible to all individuals", said California state senator Kevin de Len (D), who introduced his own net neutrality legislation this week. His bill to reverse the vote had just 80 co-sponsors. The CRA allows Congress to vote to reverse a regulator's decision - provided the vote occurs within 60 days of the effort to repeal the rules.

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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.

A "vote for net neutrality" lists all senators and whether they have supported the bill and encourages people to the holdouts. Republicans have used the act to repeal regulations from the Obama administration, the report said.

According to Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, Democrats in the Senate are just a single vote away from restoring net neutrality. Markey asserted, "There is a tsunami of Congressional and grassroots support to overturn the FCC's partisan and misguided decision on net neutrality".

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