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Senate Democrats Obtain Enough Support to Force Net Neutrality Vote

09 January 2018
Senate Democrats Obtain Enough Support to Force Net Neutrality Vote

Even if a majority of the Senate voted to reverse the FCC's decision and reinstate the rules, it still would need a majority of the House, as well as President Donald Trump's signature.

Republicans on the Federal Communications Commission established a new paradigm for internet service providers last month by opening the door for the companies to charge websites more for higher connection speeds.

Over in Vermont, Senator Bernie Sanders hasn't made any official moves just yet, but like Senator Bennet, his position is clear.

"(A) llowing state or local regulation of broadband Internet access service could impair the provision of such service by requiring each ISP to comply with a patchwork of separate and potentially conflicting requirements across all of the different jurisdictions in which it operates", the ruling states.

"We'll be going to court soon to challenge the FCC and ramping up pressure on Congress to throw the rules out altogether..." 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.

A technology company trade group says it will be participating in looming lawsuits against the FCC for repealing net neutrality.

Still, Free Press and others are pushing forward, noting that the net neutrality rules are widely popular. Now the US Senate is working on a bill that would prevent blocking and throttling of net content. As with other aspects of the digital economy, we are exploring unknown territory. The same trend is now being witnessed in the United Kingdom, with the Brexit opposition throwing hurdles at every stage of the divorce negotiations. But in this case having a vote is the entire point. These are organizations which could cause some serious headaches considering many of them have the backing of the world's largest technology companies.

The draft goes on to argue that "ISPs have strong incentives to preserve Internet openness, and these interests typically outweigh any countervailing incentives an ISP might have" furthering its argument for a light-touch approach to internet legislation.

Meanwhile, a separate effort to overturn the FCC's net-neutrality repeal has been gaining momentum. It usually is one of the loudest contributors to anti-government sentiment when it comes to the internet. The PR battle has parted the industry, keeping the right and left as far apart as they have been for years, but the sensible answer probably sits somewhere in between. The sensible solution will be in the middle, but since when has politics ever been sensible.