In CT: Technology Companies, Democrats Seek To Overturn FCC's Net Neutrality Decision

Posted March 02, 2018

The resolution has public support from 50 out of 100 senators (all Democrats, all Independents, and one Republican), putting it one vote shy of passage in the Senate. In accordance with the Congressional Review Act, the senators will formally introduce the resolution once the rule is submitted to both houses of Congress and published in the federal register. "Let's have a vote so you know where every single member of Congress in this country stands on your right to open internet access".

Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, has been a longtime supporter of net neutrality and said this is an issue that cuts across all walks of life.

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., joined minority leaders in the House and Senate on the Capitol lawn on a sunny Tuesday to tout an effort to block the new rules, which the Federal Communications Commission approved late a year ago.

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The repeal of the net neutrality rules was a victory for internet service providers like AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc, conferring power over what content consumers can access.

"Without the FCC protecting consumers, the prices of broadband continues to rise, privacy breaches online stack up, and communities are given sub-standard internet connections through redlining in urban areas and neglect in rural ones", Lane said. "We also have the backing of Senator Susan Collins, a Republican from ME, who has pledged to vote with us", added Schumer. "The grassroots movement to reinstate net neutrality is growing by the day, and we will get that one more vote needed to pass my ... resolution". The House resolution now has 150 co-sponsors.

Internet providers would be prohibited from blocking content or impairing traffic under a net-neutrality measure passed Tuesday by the Washington Legislature.

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Compounding the problem is FCC chairman Ajit Pai, who has endeared himself to conservatives by moving forward with plans to approve a merger between Tribune Media and Sinclair Broadcasting - a move which would allow Sinclair's right-wing, Trump-friendly politics to be broadcast to 72 percent of American homes. It's not clear yet if the broadband companies will challenge the rules in court, but Hansen says if they do, it goes against their stated support of an open internet. One more vote is a national campaign to keep the internet open with net neutrality. And, the bill prohibits state governments from enacting their own, potentially stronger net neutrality laws, and bans the FCC from imposing other kinds of regulations on broadband providers.

Net neutrality is essential to our 21st century democracy, and we need to ensure people can access websites and information freely and fairly.

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