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Net neutrality is going to get a vote in Congress

Net neutrality is going to get a vote in Congress

The Internet Association, one of the leading lobby groups representing Netflix, Google, Twitter, Amazon, Facebook as well as other tech conglomerates announced this weekend, they would be intervening in a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission due to the 2017 decision to scuttle the net neutrality regulations for the American market.

The FCC order grants internet providers sweeping new powers to block, throttle or discriminate among internet content, but requires public disclosure of those practices. But Democrats aren't ready to surrender the fight.

The resolution doesn't have any Republican sponsors, making congressional approval doubtful - but a floor vote could force Republican senators to publicly voice support for the FCC's unpopular move. The odds may be long, but many Democrats think that there's a possible win in losing.

While McCaskill's support is good news for those who wish to see the decision overturned, the vote in itself will not be enough to ensure that net neutrality will be restored.

Still, Free Press and others are pushing forward, noting the widespread popularity of the net-neutrality rules.

That said, some IA member companies dedication to net neutrality isn't quite what it used to be. Millennials have flooded senators with messages defending net neutrality, and they helped elect the first Democratic senator from Alabama in 25 year, Doug Jones. The FCC itself could reverse course and undo its decision.

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).

Under the CRA, Congress has 60 legislative days from the time the rules are submitted to vote to reject the FCC repeal. That process, which can take weeks or months, needs to play out before Congress can step in. Elizabeth Warren, fellow Democratic members of Massachusetts' congressional delegation.

A similar resolution is being introduced in the House by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA).

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, backs the FCC repeal.

Those on the side of net neutrality argue that instead of restoring "internet freedom", these rules expose consumers.

Eliminating the regulations frees broadband providers to begin charging websites for smooth passage over their networks.

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