Senate Democrats Obtain Enough Support to Force Net Neutrality Vote


Sarah Tew CNET

That's significant because 30 senators are needed to force a floor vote on the resolution. Markey would have to wait until the FCC's action is published in the Federal Register before calling for a vote, but it is unclear when that will happen.

Today, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) announced on Twitter that she has signed on to be the resolution's 30th sponsor.

Markey said during a press conference call last month that "those who don't support a free and open internet will feel the power of the consumer". "Net neutrality is too important to the future of our democracy", Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, said in a statement on Monday. The bill says that "No internet service provide engaged int he provision of fixed or mobile broadband Internet access service shall impair or degrade lawful Internet traffic on the basis of content, application, or service or use of a non harmful device, subject to reasonable network management".

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That said, there are several examples of cases where federal U.S. courts have ruled the FCC does not have the power to meddle in state affairs, though these are cases which only effect that state itself.

The move comes as a way of blocking FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and his gang of unconstitutional fuckboys from dismantling a free and open internet.

Still, Free Press and others are pushing forward, noting the widespread popularity of the net-neutrality rules. Adding that it would continue to push for legislation to restore "strong, enforceable net neutrality protections through a legislative solution".

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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. It's starting to get real as the IA said they are looking to take legal action and provide as much legislative support as possible in the fight against the net neutrality repeal.

Meanwhile, a separate effort to overturn the FCC's net-neutrality repeal has been gaining momentum. The Internet Association - whose member companies include Google, Facebook and Netflix - said last week it is prepared to join a legal battle against repealing the rules, which were approved in 2015.

Before this, a lot of the same big tech companies were fairly passive and inactive during the initial protests of the repeal.

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The lobby group for some of the most powerful United States tech firms said it would join the legal challenge to the planned rollback of "net neutrality" rules requiring internet service providers to treat all online traffic equally.

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