On Dec. 14, the Federal Communications Commission voted to remove net neutrality protections that had been introduced in 2015. "Any lawmaker foolish enough to be on the wrong side of history by voting against the free and open Internet will regret it come election day". All 30 supporters are members of the Democratic caucus.
"The final version of Chairman Pai's rule, as expected, dismantles popular net neutrality protections for consumers", said Internet Association President & CEO Michael Beckerman.
But just because the FCC has issued an order doesn't mean that the telecom corporations have won.
In its formal announcement of the "restoring internet freedom order", the FCC argued that it had followed "a detailed legal and economic analysis, as well as extensive examination of comments from consumers and stakeholders". This is about the future of the Internet as we know it, so let's make sure Congress treats it that way.
The resolution, which would be an amendment to the Congressional Review Act, spearheaded by Sen.
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But while individual states trying to write their own net neutrality regulations is certainly an interesting topic of discussion, whether they are actually legally entitled to is another matter.
Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) then launched an effort to reverse the FCC's repeal via the Congressional Review Act. The California legislature is preparing new legislation that would protect net neutrality in the nation's most populous state.
Still, Free Press and others are pushing forward, noting the widespread popularity of the net-neutrality rules.
The telecom industry will fight California's net neutrality legislation with everything it's got. Paid prioritization would only be allowed if the ISP can demonstrate that it benefits the public and "would not harm the open nature" of Internet services.
Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, has called the decision "extremely risky". Now the US Senate is working on a bill that would prevent blocking and throttling of net content. A separate poll conducted this year found that 60% of registered voters (61% of Democrats and 59% of Republicans) support net neutrality rules. We also send freebies and lots of other goodies exclusively to our email subscribers.
"Once again, the Trump administration has sided with big money and against the interests of the American people", Sanders said in a statement last month.