Congressional Democrats Move to Overturn FCC's Halt of Net Neutrality

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Since mid-January, the appeal has had support from all 49 Democrats in the Senate as well as Republican Susan Collins of Maine. Now that it's in the Federal Register, it opens a 60 legislative day window for Congress to shut it down. In the Senate, we're just one vote away. It was a big win for companies such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast that control much of the residential internet landscape. Susan Collins of ME - support what would be a 16 joint congressional resolution. Net-neutrality advocates say undoing these rules makes it harder for the government to crack down on internet providers who act against consumer interests and will harm innovation. "Just weeks after giving the wealthy and multinational corporations a massive tax break, Republicans are adding insult to injury by once again picking CEOs over citizens", he wrote. President Trump could veto the resolution if it passes both chambers.

The House of Representatives has yet to take up the issue except for a bill introduced last-minute by U.S. Rep. Sean Maloney, D-18, in an attempt to prevent the FCC from repealing the rules.

"The CRA is a simple up or down vote on the future of the free and open Internet", Greer said.

Consumer groups say they are skeptical of the bill, because it would allow ISPs to engage in "paid prioritization" deals that create internet fast lanes for companies that can pay for them. Such efforts, even if successful at the state level, will likely be met in the courts by the Restoring Internet Freedom Order's explicit statement that the Order preempts all "inconsistent state and local regulations".

The 3-2 vote a year ago to approve the Restoring Internet Freedom proposal, crafted by Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai - a President Barack Obama appointee who was designated chairman by President Donald Trump in January 2017 - broke along party lines, mirroring the partisan split that favored Democrats when the Title II designation was approved in 2015.

Democrats remain one Republican senator shy of winning a majority in the Senate to reverse the Federal Communications Commission's order to undo the 2015 open internet rules.

Democrats face a tougher task in the House, where Republicans have a 238-193 majority.

Additionally, Duff will seek to include language in his proposed legislation to hold companies accountable for warranties made to consumers as well as amend Connecticut's consumer protection laws to include the principles of net neutrality. Rather, the loss of net neutrality could have a chilling effect on startups seeking to disrupt the business, which long-term will promote monopolistic behavior and price hikes.

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