Democrats Looking to Force Vote on FCC Net Neutrality Repeal
Jan 9, 2018, 5:21 PM by Eric M. Zeman
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.
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