Restoration of net neutrality rules hits key milestone in Senate


The Democrats, led by Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey, are using a vehicle known as a Congressional Review Act, or CRA, which is essentially an official form of disapproval of the FCC's action.

Washington state lawmakers, anticipating the repeal to net neutrality rules, hope to force broadband companies to disclose accurate information about the price and speed of their services, while also preventing those companies from creating so-called "fast lanes" for consumers who pay more.

Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillDemocrats turn on Al Franken Trump rips Dems a day ahead of key White House meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (D-Mo.) announced her support for the bill on Twitter, putting it over the top of a procedural requirement to bypass committee approval.

In his tweet, Markey called reaching the 30-senator plateau "a big step toward restoring a free and open internet".

Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) then launched an effort to reverse the FCC's repeal via the Congressional Review Act.

The one-page resolution says in part that "Congress disapproves the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to "Restoring Internet Freedom" and that "such rule shall have no force or effect". It seems that state legislators are starting to take matters of net neutrality into their own hands. Given that Republicans have nearly unanimously supported the FCC's new rules, the prospects for the CRA are dim. A tie vote would likely mean the deciding vote would be cast by VP Mike Pence, dooming the resolution.

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Still, Free Press and others are pushing forward, noting the widespread popularity of the net-neutrality rules.

While McCaskill's support is good news for those who wish to see the decision overturned, the vote in itself will not be enough to ensure that net neutrality will be restored. None of them are Republicans.

Net neutrality has been gutted at the federal level by the FCC last month, and it caused a huge outcry throughout the entire country.

The group, known as the Internet Association, clearly stated for the first time that these large tech companies like Microsoft, Google, and Facebook are not only against the repeal, but they will stake their well-being on overturning it.

"Supporting net neutrality should be a no-brainer for members of Congress, whose constituents from across the political spectrum are united in their opposition to the Trump FCC's attack on the open internet", Matt Wood, Free Press' Action Fund policy director, said in a statement. The GOP-controlled FCC voted 3-2 along party lines to repeal the Title II provisions classifying ISPs as utilities.