One Last Chance to Save the Internet

One Last Chance to Save the Internet

One Last Chance to Save the Internet

It's not clear whether they've ever sought permission for them from the FCC.

Last month, lawyers and tech companies filed lawsuits in an attempt to stop the repeal. In the Senate, Senator Ed Markey's bill is just one vote away from passing.

Hansen, who worked on the bill with Rep. Norma Smith, R-Whidbey Island, said that Tuesday's vote, which the House passed on 93-5 on February 9, shows there is strong bipartisan support for net neutrality, and that states can and should step in when the federal government doesn't.

Internet providers would be prohibited from blocking content or impairing traffic under a net-neutrality measure passed Tuesday by the Washington Legislature. The countdown for the roll-back effort began last week when the FCC published its order in the Federal Register to repeal the rules. But that's the first of several expected laws, with California and OR expected to follow suit in March. With a simple majority, Congress can use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn the FCC's new rule.

Senate Democrats have been raising support for the CRA since previous year, but the Federal Register publication starts a 60-legislative-day countdown clock for voting on it. "I am committed to upholding net neutrality and increasing free and open internet access to grow the state's economy, create jobs, boost wages, help our students learn, and so much more", Lujan Grisham said.

Even if that happens, the resolution still must pass the House and be signed by President Trump. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Congressman Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California announced the House and Senate resolutions to fully restore net neutrality. He said so far they have the support of all the Democrats and one Republican.

One Last Chance to Save the Internet
One Last Chance to Save the Internet

Pulling back on what the FCC called heavy-handed rules, a decision the agency made in December, would allow internet providers to slow service when trying to access certain websites. Over half of US states have some type of net neutrality bill now moving through their chambers. "Do you stand with hard-working American families for whom the internet is essential?" he said during a Capitol Hill news conference. The goal of Tuesday's demonstrations is to put pressure on Republicans to cross party lines and support the roll-back bill, according to Evan Greer, an organizer with Fight for the Future.

Still, that's considered a prayer in a Republican-controlled Congress.

Markey's resolution also gained praise from Chris Lane, a vice president at Public Knowledge, a consumer advocacy group that has long advocated strong open internet protections.

"When the FCC repealed the net neutrality rules in 2017, the agency failed to replace them. Only in Washington, where high-paid lobbyists hold sway, is this a controversial set of rules". As all Democrat and Independent members of Congress (as well as one Republican senator, Susan Collins of Maine) have signed on, that final push of support will have to come from a senator across the aisle.

The FCC voted 3-2 to dismantle net neutrality rules in December.

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