Senate Democrats move to revive net neutrality rules - the wrong way

Senate Democrats move to revive net neutrality rules - the wrong way

Edward Markey (D-Mass.) called "the most important week for the internet that the Senate has ever seen".

Democratic lawmakers are mounting a last-ditch effort to save net neutrality ahead of a crucial Senate vote on Wednesday, citing concerns that network providers could implement unfair business practices as the internet's regulatory agency shifts from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says all 49 Democratic caucus members will vote for the measure, along with Sen. It only requires a simple majority to be successful.

Announcing that Democrats would force a vote on the repeal of net neutrality, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said in a statement, "Soon the American people will know which side their member of Congress is on: fighting for big corporations and ISPs or defending small business owners, entrepreneurs, middle-class families, and everyday consumers".

"We are working on getting the votes, and we're optimistic that we can", said Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., when asked if the CRA majority vote could pose a hurdle.

Without congressional action to overturn the FCC's decision, the old net neutrality rules expire June 11. "With the FTC back at the helm, and appetite growing in Congress to make clear this enforcement authority is permanent and must be consistent across consumers' online experience, Americans should feel growing confidence that a proven cop is on the beat to protect their interests across the digital world".

Can net neutrality be spared after all? A group of Senators led by Ed Markey of MA is bringing the resolution under the Congressional Review Act to force a vote in the Senate. If both bills pass in Congress, the president's signature is required to pass it. -Evan Greer, Fight for the FutureThe FCC's decision was welcomed by internet service providers (ISPs) like Comcast and Verizon, which without net neutrality in place would be able to throttle traffic in order to charge content producers and web users for premium access or services.

The clock began running in earnest last week. Senate Democrats are forcing the vote less than a month before the new rules are scheduled to take effect. Stonyfield has been outspoken about the negative impact that repealing net neutrality protections would have on rural businesses, including the farms and cooperatives that supply products to Stonyfield.

Sherrod Brown said this week's vote could help sway more Republicans if it heads to the House.

The Senate has taken the fight first.

The House has introduced a similar CRA resolution. Susan Collins, R-Maine.

If no more Republicans announce support of the CRA before Wednesday the vote would be split 50 to 50, and Vice President Mike Pence would likely break the tie and kill the CRA. And the looming CRA vote, even if it fails, should make it much easier to clearly target those lawmakers in the voting booth during the midterms and beyond. John McCain absent because of terminal illness, Democrats have a chance to block the FCC ruling by a 50-49 vote.

The odds of passing in the House of Representatives are longer.

As for the possibility of the CRA reaching Trump's desk, Markey said last week during a press conference that the "political firestorm" that would be created by killing an effort to save net neutrality could push the president into signing it.

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