A Phony Vote on 'Net Neutrality'

Senate Democrats push to block net neutrality repeal using Congressional Review Act

That matters little, though: until today, many Senators will have been able to largely stay silent on the issue, and a vote to support this highly unpopular rule may come back to bite them come midterms. While powerful telecom companies would be the sole beneficiaries of the FCC's rule change, surveys have consistently showed widespread and bipartisan backing for the net neutrality protections, with a recent poll showing 83 percent of Americans in support.

The congressional effort comes less than a month before the rules are officially expected to expire, on June 11. Collins had previously said she supported the underlying measure. Senate Democrats are forcing the vote less than a month before the new rules are scheduled to take effect. In a tweet, Sen.

"Will we stand with the American public, who understand why net neutrality is vital, or will we side with those who wish to control how we use the internet?" Sen. "A vote against this resolution will be a vote to protect large corporations and special interests, leaving the American public to pay the price", explains Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer in a statement on Monday.

Whenever a federal agency has submitted a final rule to Congress, Congress has a 60-legislative-day window to overturn the rule under the Congressional Review Act, according to The Washington Post.

"The next 24 hours could make or break this fight.This is a moment where the entire Internet needs to go all-in for net neutrality", wrote Greer. While the name for the principle isn't that old, the basic idea predates the internet and has its roots in the telephone and telegraph networks and even older services.

"But instead of moving forward with that approach with Republicans to draft such legislation, the Democratic leadership chose to try to score political points by pushing a resolution to undo the FCC's decision, even though undoing this decision will do nothing to provide a permanent solution on net neutrality", said Sen. The policy said internet service providers (ISP) had to treat all content the same. Instead, it simply requires providers to disclose how they handle internet traffic. It has drawn far less support in the House of Representatives, and Trump is unlikely to sign a resolution that would effectively rebuke his FCC chairman.

The group urged supporters to call key senators in Utah, Florida, Nevada, Arizona, and California, as well as Murkowski, Gardner, and Kennedy, to ensure that the Democratic caucus of 49 senators have the Republican support they need to pass the CRA. Sen.

For almost all of the past 10 years, the FCC has had in place rules that sought to guarantee net-neutrality protections. One more would pass the bill, though it would still have to get through the House and the President's desk, making its prognosis poor.

However, net-neutrality supporters are also seeking to overturn the FCC's action in federal courts and pushing measures that would offer net-neutrality protections within a state's borders.

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