Senate Democrats push to block net neutrality repeal using Congressional Review Act

  • Senate Democrats push to block net neutrality repeal using Congressional Review Act

Senate Democrats push to block net neutrality repeal using Congressional Review Act

The Congressional Review Act resolution to restore net neutrality rules, which were reversed by the FCC a year ago, will be brought to the Senate floor on Wednesday. The resolution brought under the Congressional Review Act can not be filibustered, and it only requires a simple majority to clear the Senate.

U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat and outspoken critic of the Federal Communications Commission's move to repeal the 2015 internet rules, announced this week that he will lead the effort to force a floor vote to override the panel's contentious 3 to 2 ruling.

So far, all 49 Democratic Senators and one Republican support the resolution to preserve the Obama-era net neutrality rules. "Susan Collins (R-Maine) to vote in favor", Common Dreams reported.

"We need to make it clear that they should be more afraid of us than they are of them".

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The House has introduced a similar CRA resolution. Susan Collins of ME, is expected to pass in the Senate but its future in the GOP-led House is doubtful and President Donald Trump is unlikely to back it.

Announcing that Democrats would force a vote on the repeal of net neutrality, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said in a statement, "Soon the American people will know which side their member of Congress is on: fighting for big corporations and ISPs or defending small business owners, entrepreneurs, middle-class families, and everyday consumers". Shortly after the FCC's vote last December, GLAAD released a statement saying, in part, "The repeal of net neutrality is an attack on the LGBTQ community" and Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO, called the repeal "a direct and unconscionable attack on freedom of expression". The company voiced concerns over the FCC's decision to end "net neutrality" rules. "A vote against this resolution will be a vote to protect large corporations and special interests, leaving the American public to pay the price", he said in a statement.

The FCC's new regulation, effectively eliminating net neutrality as the internet's governing policy, has still not taken effect, providing Democrats this narrow opening.

Representatives from Stonyfield are anxious, among other things, that Internet Service Providers could start charging more for access to some websites and services.

Democrats argue the new FCC rules give too much power to internet service providers, which they fear will throttle down internet speeds for some websites and services while ramping it up for others who pay more.

The letter praises a "free and open internet", adding that the "internet has been predicated on an architecture of openness and innovation".