Facebook, Google and friends will sue to protect net neutrality

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Though Democrats now have enough support to force the resolution to a vote in the Senate, they have much steeper barriers to getting it adopted. Previously a seldom-used, obscure law, the CRA was used multiple times previous year to overturn regulations issued in the waning days of the Obama administration. Edward Markey (D-MA), needed 30 co-sponsors to get on the Senate docket for a vote. Sen.

The same day that the FCC voted to repeal net neutrality in a 3-2 vote, Sen. The real kicker? The FCC is calling its almost 600-page rule "Restoring Internet Freedom".

Unfortunately, as a press conference held on Tuesday morning in Washington DC made plain, political support for the measure is nearly entirely thanks to the fact that Democrats feel they can use it to win votes in the midterm elections in November this year. Those rules, adopted in 2015 to cap a decade of the agency's efforts, barred broadband service providers from blocking, slowing, or providing preferred access to particular websites or services. Even if a majority of the Senate voted to reverse the FCC's decision and reinstate the rules, it still would need a majority of the House, as well as President Donald Trump's signature.

Republicans control the Senate with 51 votes out of the 100-member body.

"If lawmakers care at all about the open internet, they should support this resolution to restore the Net Neutrality rules and Title II". A University of Maryland poll last month found that 83% of Americans and 75% of Republicans said they supported them. "Every member of the U.S. Senate will have to go on the record, during a tight election year, and either vote to save the Internet or rubber stamp its death warrant".

Net neutrality has become just one more pawn in the endless self-absorbed battles between the parties that has led to Congress' 78 per cent disapproval rating (down from 81 per cent in November).

In a statement released on Friday, Internet Association's President & CEO Michael Beckerman announced that it will "act as an intervenor" regarding the FCC's net neutrality repeal. "The Congressional Review Act gives Congress the power to reverse that corrupt and illegitimate decision and restore the basic protections that enable free expression, creativity, and innovation online". The lawsuit will be filed by companies like public advocates such as the Free Press, the state Attorney General and companies such as Etsy.

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