Democrat Senators Move Forward with Bid to Reinstate Net Neutrality
With the support of 50 Senators, Democrats are advancing a bill to bring back the rules governing net neutrality that were cut by the Republican-led FCC. The FCC voted to repeal net neutrality in December and the rules reached the Federal Registry earlier this month. The relaxed regs will go into effect April 23. The FCC order reclassifies broadband internet as an information service, rather than a utility, and would erase the bright line rules that prohibit broadband companies from blocking or throttling service. The idea behind the Democratic Senators' push is to put the fate of net neutrality into Congress' hands, rather than those of the FCC. With 50 Senators on board, the Republicans would need Vice President Mike Pence to break a tie in a vote. Should the Democratic Senators succeed in passing their bill, it would likely die in the House where Republicans have a clear majority.
50 Senators Now Support Plan to Protect Net Neutrality
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Democrats Looking to Force Vote on FCC Net Neutrality Repeal
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Net Neutrality Repeal Goes Into Effect April 23
The FCC today published its "Restoring Internet Freedom" rules governing net neutrality in the Federal Register. Per the filing, the agency will repeal the Obama-era net neutrality rules effective April 23.
FCC's Net Neutrality Reversal to Go Into Effect Thursday
The FCC is prepared to publish its order abolishing Obama-era net neutrality rules in the Federal Register on Thursday, the last act needed to put the change into effect. The rules will be made public in their final form on Wednesday, according to an unnamed source cited by Reuters, and will appear in the Federal Register the following day.
Washington State First to Approve Its Own Net Neutrality Rules
The State of Washington on Monday approved its own set of laws regulating net neutrality after the FCC voted in December to scrap such laws at the federal level. The law bans internet providers from throttling and/or blocking content, and also mandates that they make public their network management policies.
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