Democrats Looking to Force Vote on FCC Net Neutrality Repeal
Some members of the Senate hope they can overturn the FCC's attempt to repeal current net neutrality regulations. Sen. Ed Markey (D) said he has found support from 39 co-sponsors to force a vote in the issue. The idea is to put the fate of net neutrality in Congress' hands, rather than those of the FCC. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) agrees with the FCC's decision to repeal net neutrality, as does President Trump. Republicans hold 51 of the 100 seats in the Senate. The Democrats hope to to make net neutrality a campaign issue during 2018. "There will be a political price to pay for those who are on the wrong side of history," said Markey. The FCC voted to repeal net neutrality last month. The order would reclassify broadband internet as an information service, rather than a utility, and would erase the bright line rules that prohibit throttling and blocking. The repeal faced large public opposition, but the Republican-controlled FCC voted in favor of the repeal anyway.
50 Senators Now Support Plan to Protect Net Neutrality
The number of Senators who've put their support behind protecting net neutrality has reached 50. Last week, Sen.
Internet Association to Fight FCC's Net Neutrality Repeal
The Internet Association plans to fight the FCC's attempt to repeal net neutrality. The FCC this week published the final version of its Report & Order to sack the Obama-era laws that govern the internet.
22 Attorneys General Sue to Block FCC's Net Neutrality Repeal
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson today, along with the attorneys general of 20 other states and the District of Columbia, filed a petition to block the FCC's attempt to repeal net neutrality. The FCC voted in December to scrap Obama-era rules that prohibit internet service providers from prioritizing some web sites and services over others.
FCC Votes to Scrap Net Neutrality Protections
The FCC today voted on party lines to repeal the Obama-era net neutrality regulations. The vote was led by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who was supported by his fellow Republican Commissioners Brendan Carr and Michael O'Reilly.
Republicans Target Net Neutrality Rules with Budget Trickery
A new budget proposed by House Republicans would hobble the FCC's attempt to enact and enforce its proposed net neutrality rules. The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill "prohibits the FCC from implementing net neutrality until certain court cases are resolved, requires newly proposed regulations to be made publicly available for 21 days before the Commission votes on them, and prohibits the FCC from regulating rates for either wireline or wireless Internet service." Republicans have used several different avenues through which to block the FCC's proposed rules.
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