US Senate forces a vote that could restore net neutrality

Gwen Vasquez
May 12, 2018

Senate Democrats, led by Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.), filed a petition that will force a vote on overturning the Commission's 2017 decision to undo rules from the Obama administration.

Net neutrality is set to come to an end in the United States on June 11, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced Thursday at an open meeting.

Net neutrality rules were enacted under the Obama administration to level the playing field and prohibit Internet providers from slowing down or blocking certain websites and applications.

The introduction triggered a 60-day period for lawmakers to seek a vote on the CRA resolution.

"When the Republican-led FCC voted to repeal net neutrality in December, they handed the large Internet Service Providers all the cards", Schumer said in a statement.

The deadline for the vote in the Senate is June 12, and as of right now the resolution needs only one more vote to pass.

According to Senate rules, if enough votes are cast in favor of a Congressional Review Act resolution, it can bypass committee review and be forced to a vote on the Senate floor.

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Should the vote fail, the next best hop for saving net neutrality rests in the courts, where consumer advocates are eager to show the FCC ignored standard agency procedure as it rushed to give telecom monopolies a sloppy wet kiss. Even if that vote goes through, however, the House and White House would need to sign off, something that isn't likely to happen.

KitGuru Says: It seemed that all hope had been lost when the vote struck last December, but now it looks like Net Neutrality has a fighting chance. Public Knowledge encourages all Americans to contact their representatives to demand that Congress overturn the FCC's mistake that is far outside of mainstream America's opinion.

"Net Neutrality is overwhelmingly supported by people across the political spectrum: Republicans, Democrats, and independents alike", Craig Aaron, head of the pro net-neutrality advocacy group Free Press Action Fund, said in an emailed statement.

Sen. Brian Schantz (D-Hawaii) said the CRA vote will get "every member of the Senate on the record" about their stance on net neutrality.

I'll keep the pressure on for a fair, free, and open internet that keeps rural communities and small businesses like Lane's and Aimclear on track to compete and innovate in an increasingly global economy. If successful, a similar CRA in the House of Representatives would also need to pass before it reaches President Donald Trump. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has said often he is confident the order will be upheld. Susan Collins (R-ME), along with Sen.

She continued, "I raised my voice to fight for internet freedom".

"Internet access is a utility - just like water and electricity", California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said at the time.

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