All Senate Democrats endorse resolution on net neutrality change

All Senate Democrats endorse resolution on net neutrality change

The commission in December voted to repeal net neutrality rules - originally adopted in 2015 to ban the blocking or slowing of web content by internet service providers.

Attorneys general from New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia joined Becerra in the lawsuit.

Annie Clark, Collins' spokeswoman, the Hill last week, "Senator Collins does not support the FCC's recent decision to repeal net neutrality rules, and she will support Senator Markey's legislation that would overturn the FCC's vote".

The AG said the repeal of net neutrality would have dire consequences for consumers and businesses in NY and across the country that rely on a free and open internet - allowing internet service providers to block certain content, charge consumers more to access certain sites, and throttle or slow the quality of content from content providers that don't pay more. The FCC's decision largely relies on comments submitted by ISPs and effectively ignores the overwhelming majority of the more than 20 million public comments that opposed repeal of the rules.

"An open internet-and the free exchange of ideas it allows-is critical to our democratic process", New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement.

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Citing the Administrative Procedure Act, Miller states the FCC can not make "arbitrary and capricious" changes to existing policies, such as net neutrality. A group of state attorneys general immediately vowed to sue.

Democrats in the Senate will force a vote on a simple repeal of the FCC's repeal, using the same law, the Congressional Review Act, that Congress used to undo the Obama-era internet privacy rules.

The potential for a legal showdown comes as federal and state lawmakers are looking for legislative solutions. "The resolution aims to reverse the FCC's decision and block the agency from passing similar measures in the future".

Democrats need a least two Republican votes to pass a repeal in the Senate. It would 218 total votes to pass in the House of Representatives. The White House has said it supports the FCC's efforts to roll back regulations.