Democrats Introduced Legislation To Kill The Net Neutrality Repeal

Democrats Introduced Legislation To Kill The Net Neutrality Repeal

Democrats Introduced Legislation To Kill The Net Neutrality Repeal

A sign with an emoji reads "Don't take net neutrality away" is posted outside the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in Washington, D.C., Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. That started a 60-day countdown for federal legislators, under the Congressional Review Act, to assess those changes and potentially undo them, requiring only a simple majority vote by both houses of Congress.

In addition to the CRA, there are bills in Congress to bypass the FCC and directly mandate some version of net neutrality. Offline, net neutrality supporters will gather outside 8 key Senate offices across the country, as well as at a rally outside the Senate in Washington, DC. This also means they can not block services purely for business reasons. Not just the rules - it's the authority.

Proponents often talk about net neutrality as a "level playing field" for online services to compete.

They argue that the rules are vital to ensuring new businesses and services thrive. "I tell all my Republican colleagues that this CRA is the best way to undo the bad decision to repeal net neutrality". These rules were opposed by companies including AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon. Drew Hansen, previously told Governing that he's prepared for any legal challenges that come.

Activists have staged protests around the U.S. and online, saying dominant broadband providers could favour their own services and hinder those of rivals and charge more for certain kinds of access.

Since broadband companies and ISPs act more or less as the net's gatekeepers, the rules are seen by their supporters as a way to deter abuse of this power. For instance, New Jersey, New York, and already have their own net neutrality policies that ISPs need to adhere to. What we can point to is less investment, less innovation. A vote to restore the net neutrality protections in the 2015 Open Internet Order is a clear, concrete thing that you can ask your representatives to do to support real net neutrality.

The FCC voted for that repeal back in December.

The deregulatory move was spearheaded by FCC Chair Ajit Pai, who has said his proposal will put an end to federal government "micromanaging" of the internet.

The FCC's new rules are not expected to go into effect until later this spring. Schumer said Americans should blame Republicans for slow internet service "while Democrats fought to fix it". This legislation is our best opportunity to stop the Trump Administration from undermining the principles of a free and open Internet.

Net neutrality took a back seat to issues such as immigration and gun control in the last two months, but Senate Democrats are back at it again. He stated that the FCC had engaged in "regulatory overreach" in its rules governing internet access.

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