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FCC says 'net neutrality' rules will end in June

FCC says 'net neutrality' rules will end in June

Senate Democrats, led by Ed Markey from MA, filed a petition today to force the vote under the Congressional Review Act.

The Federal Communications Commission said in a notice Thursday that 2015 landmark US open internet rules will cease around June 10. And they should be anxious about losing in court; the FCC engaged in all manner of dubious behavior as it tried to create the illusion of support for its historically unpopular decision, including turning a blind eye to identity theft and fake comments during the public comment period of the proceeding.

The initiative is spearheaded by Senator Edward Markey (D-Massachusetts), who found allies in two colleagues from Maine, Senators Angus King (I) and Susan Collins (R). The repeal effort was led by Ajit Pai, who President Donald Trump appointed to chair the FCC.

What comes next is a Senate vote on a Congressional Review Act, which gives Congress the power to overturn regulatory decisions taken by federal agencies with a simple majority in both chambers. The vote, supporters claim, could occur as early as next week. A resolution to override the regulation must make it through the House and Senate and signed by the president. The House seems supportive, too, so there's a reasonable chance net neutrality could get a second chance at life. These include CheckYourReps.org, a space in which constituents can look up what their federal representatives have said about Net Neutrality. This is a fight for the most powerful platform for commerce and communications in the history of the planet: "the internet". As Netflix acknowledged a year ago, vowing "never to outgrow the fight", the web's biggest companies all relied on the (significantly more) open internet through the '90s and '00s to get to their fabulously powerful positions today.

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"The end of net neutrality would be a disaster four our country and the free flow of ideas".

The legislative act is not the way to develop smart policies for preserving an open Internet that is available to Louisianans and all Americans. "Are they protecting average consumers and middle class families or are they protecting the big, corporate and special interests?" A petition related to net neutrality with 32 signatures was delivered on Wednesday, thereby forcing a vote on the Senate floor. Thankfully, at the moment that same sentiment doesn't seem to have spread elsewhere, with Europe for example still in favor of a free and open Internet. "With this piece of legislation there is nowhere to hide and there are no excuses." .

Democrats are unanimously supporting this resolution. The Trump administration has invoked the CRA over a dozen times over the past year to roll back regulations enacted by the Obama administration.


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