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.
May 1, 2018
Senate Democrats are looking to make net neutrality a campaign issue heading into the 2018 mid-term elections and will kick things off May 9 with a vote. Sen.
May 16, 2018
Democrats in the Senate forced a vote on net neutrality today and walked away victorious. Members of the Senate voted 52-47 to retain the net neutrality regulations put in place by the Obama administration that were later nixed by the FCC.
May 9, 2018
Senate Democrats today used the Congressional Review Act to force a vote on net neutrality. The party has been pushing the issue for most of the year.
Jun 11, 2018
American consumers are no longer protected by the net neutrality regulations put in place in 2015 by the Obama administration. The rules were voted down by the Republican-led FCC in December 2017 and effectively evaporate today.