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Members of Congress are fighting the FCC’s move to end net neutrality

Members of Congress are fighting the FCC’s move to end net neutrality

Postby smix » Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:07 pm

Members of Congress are fighting the FCC’s move to end net neutrality

URL: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/membe ... 2018-01-16
Category: Politics
Published: January 17, 2018

Description: A University of Maryland poll found that 83% of Americans are opposed to the FCC vote repeal net neutrality protections
Members of Congress are cosponsoring a bill to keep Obama-era “open internet” protections, referred to as net neutrality, with momentum building in at least one chamber to do so. The measure is just one Republican shy of gaining a majority in the Senate, but in the House, where Republicans hold a larger majority, the likelihood of pushing it through is less likely. After the Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines in December to reverse the Open Internet Order, which calls for internet service providers to be regulated like telephone companies, Rep. Mike Doyle, a Pennsylvania Democrat, said he would introduce legislation in the House to overrule the FCC’s action, and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said he would do the same in the Senate. Also on Tuesday, 22 state attorneys general sued to block the FCC’s vote to roll back net neutrality. Doyle and Markey are using what’s known as the Congressional Review Act to attempt to reject the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality protections. The CRA gives Congress the authority to invalidate a federal agency’s order if a majority of members in the House and Senate pass a “resolution of disapproval” within 60 legislative days of the order being submitted to Congress. The FCC hasn’t yet submitted the net neutrality order to Congress. The CRA, however, would need some Republican support to gain ground. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) is the sole Republican in the Senate to support the bill. Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii called for “one more Republican vote so we can win this thing” on Twitter. “I urge my Republican colleagues to join us, overturn the FCC’s misguided decision,” Representative Betty McCollum (D-Minn) said in a statement. The FCC’s vote to end net neutrality protections came under staunch opposition from a large majority of Americans, as well as from internet companies. A poll done by the University of Maryland’s school of public policy found that roughly 83% of Americans, including 3 out of 4 Republicans, opposed to the FCC’s vote to give ISPs the freedoms reversing net neutrality would gift them. Netflix Inc, Amazon.com Inc and Twitter Inc have been outspoken opponents of the FCC’s vote to repeal net neutrality protections, while internet service providers, such as Verizon Communications Inc, Charter Communications Inc, AT&T Inc and Comcast Corp have supported the move.
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