Welch unveils legislation to restore net neutrality

Net neutrality advocates look to states after FCC repeal

A "Vote for Net neutrality" website lists all senators and whether they have supported the bill, and encourages people to contact the holdouts.

The entire Senate Democratic caucus is on board with a resolution of disapproval of the FCC's net neutrality rollback along with one Republican backer, putting then one vote away from legislative victory. Welch. "The FCC's decision to gut net neutrality is bad for consumers and entrepreneurs, especially in rural areas, and a gift to big telecom companies, who will be able to pick and choose who gets access to the internet and at what speed".

More importantly, even if another Republican did defect, there are still two additional and very likely impassible hurdles: the House, and President Donald Trump.

This type of resolution can not be blocked by a filibuster, so it just needs a simple majority.

All 49 Democratic senators, along with Republican Sen. The House of Representatives would also have to pass a resolution reversing the FCC's decision by majority vote, and in that chamber, Republicans have a more than 40-seat advantage.

Collins and King announced their support for the CRA resolution to restore net neutrality in a joint statement issued last week.

Markey's office said the resolution will be filed in accordance with the Congressional Review Act, which requires a simple majority in both branches for a federal agency's regulatory decision to be overturned. It would take just one more GOP senator to cross party lines in order to pass the measure.

Chairman Ajit Pai speaks ahead of the vote on the repeal of so called net neutrality rules at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, U.S., December 14, 2017.

Senate Democrats have already forced a vote on a bill to protect net neutrality, and on Tuesday, Democrats announced that they are now just one vote short of passing the bill in the Senate.

The implications for the repeal of the net neutrality rules set in place by the Obama administration, according to Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, would mean that the internet would become the Wild West where ISPs are free to offer premium service to only the wealthiest customers while average customers are left with inferior options.



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