Stabenow, Peters introduce Rrsolution to reinstate Net Neutrality

  • Stabenow, Peters introduce Rrsolution to reinstate Net Neutrality

Stabenow, Peters introduce Rrsolution to reinstate Net Neutrality

But they will have an uphill battle if they expect President Trump to sign off on gutting an action by his appointee to lead the FCC.

This legislative procedure was used by Congressional Republicans a year ago to undo broadband privacy protections approved by the FCC under the Obama Administration. If Democrats win a majority in the Senate, a repeal would also require winning a vote in the House of Representatives.

Last month technology companies including Alphabet and Facebook threw their weight behind efforts to reverse the Trump administration's plan to repeal the Obama-era rule created to protect an open internet.

The Federal Communications Commission released its final rule to repeal so-called "net neutrality" regulations.

But other longtime network neutrality proponents like Sen.

Markey (D-Mass.) introduced a Congressional Review Act resolution to undo the Federal Communications Commission's vote to roll back the agency's 2015 net neutrality rules. The CRA has just under two months to get the required votes in Congress.

The announcement comes as internet activists, websites, and technology companies are putting on a day-long protest, called Operation: One More Vote, to try and convince lawmakers to sign onto the resolution. That means proponents need just one more vote for the CRA to pass the Senate.

"I believe in an open and free internet that encourages continued investment in the internet and will continue to follow the debate over net neutrality in Congress as the relevant committees explore the issue", said U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19. "Do you stand with the teachers, students, innovators, medical professionals and small businesses, or do you stand with the big broadband barons?"

Democratic Sen. Ed Markey speaks at a news conference on net neutrality at the US Capitol. U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle's (PA-14) resolution in the House of Representatives now has 150 co-sponsors.

"This is a very simple issue", said Senator Cory Booker.

"A free and open internet is essential to a free and open society, which is why we must protect net neutrality", Luján said. The Internet Association, a lobbying group that counts Google, Facebook, Amazon, and dozens of other major tech firms as members, has also vowed to intervene in the lawsuit in support of net neutrality rules.

In addition to the CRA, there are bills in Congress to bypass the FCC and directly mandate some version of net neutrality. "Only in Washington, where high-paid lobbyists hold sway, is this a controversial set of rules".