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I'm not sure that really has anything to do with net neutrality. You didn't state that it did, but I'm just throwing that out there as well.
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I'm not sure that really has anything to do with net neutrality. You didn't state that it did, but I'm just throwing that out there as well.
Yeah probably a coincidence being just 2 days before the vote and all.

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Not giving them a pass but it just seems like inflation of prices like they usually do. It’s just being announced because of the timing to make it sound like it’s a bigger ordeal than it really is. Sucky either way.
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Not giving them a pass but it just seems like inflation of prices like they usually do. It’s just being announced because of the timing to make it sound like it’s a bigger ordeal than it really is. Sucky either way.
Buuut... with the significantly lower corporate taxes for next year, rates should drop, right? Or will that money go to workers and stockholders. Hmm...we’ll see.
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Democrats are just one vote shy of restoring net neutrality

The Senate effort to undo the FCC's repeal order is close, but faces an uphill battle.




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Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer now says Democrats in the Senate are a single vote away from restoring net neutrality. According to the senator from New York, they now have a total of 50 votes for a Senate resolution of disapproval that would restore the Open Internet Order of 2015 and deliver a stiff rebuke to Ajit Pai and other Republican members of the FCC. It would also prevent the agency from passing a similar measure in the future, all but guaranteeing Net Neutrality is permanently preserved.




Right now the resolution has the support of all 49 Democrats in the Senate and one Republican, Susan Collins of Maine. But Schumer and the rest of the caucus will have to win over one more Republican vote to prevent Vice President Mike Pence from breaking tie and allowing the repeal to stand.
Under the Congressional Review Act the Senate has 60 days to challenge a decision by an independent agency like the FCC. With less than 30 days left to go, Democrats will have to move quick to convince a "moderate" like John McCain or Lindsey Graham to buck their party. Of course, considering the public outcry that preceded and followed the reversal, it's not impossible. But it's still an uphill battle for supporters of net neutrality.
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Hell yeah, get it done!

All of my republican representatives in the house sent me the same canned FCC approved "obama heavy handed regulation" bullshit so it appears that this has pretty well fallen on party lines which is just disgusting.
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All of my republican representatives in the house sent me the same canned FCC approved "obama heavy handed regulation" bullshit so it appears that this has pretty well fallen on party lines which is just disgusting.
Same on the MO side. It's good to know who they actually work for though.
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I get that the obama administration did have a lot of regulation and some of it was not needed at all but this is 1 of the good things he had. I really do think that they need to get this taken care of. This is 1 republican who feels that ajit and the fcc messed up.
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If representatives would actually represent the the people who elected them, this would be back yesterday.
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Senate Will Vote On Net Neutrality This Wednesday

Net Neutrality has been one of the biggest issues in the tech sphere for quite some time, and now the United States Senate is poised to take a vote on whether to reverse the FCC’s repeal of the Obama-era internet protections on Wednesday, May 16. The vote is certainly not the end-all-be-all of the fight over Net Neutrality; even if the measure to reverse the repeal makes it through the Senate, it will have a harder time in the House of Representatives, which currently holds a large Republican majority. The issue got through the FCC on party lines, and has since been a cleanly divided battle between the two sides with very few stragglers. If it somehow gets through the House, it still has to face down President Donald Trump’s pen, and he technically has the final say on whether to approve or veto the measure.


Currently, the battle over Net Neutrality is being fought on many fronts. This vote is one of the more sweeping stages of the fight, but individual states have been challenging the FCC’s authority to enforce a clause barring them from putting their own Net Neutrality laws in place. Of these fighter states, California’s proposed legislation is the strictest, surpassing the original federal guideline it’s meant to replace. New York picked up a variant of the bill. Even if Wednesday’s vote or a future step fails, individual states enacting their own laws will continue the fight. Those states, however, could face challenges; no shortage of Net Neutrality opposition has stepped up and vowed to fight those states’ efforts, even to the point of suing them.

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The FCC got a new chairman shortly after Donald Trump took the office of President, and that chairman, Ajit Pai, went on an immediate attack against the Obama Administration’s Title II Net Neutrality protections. When he eventually repealed them, it was an extremely controversial move made possible by a 3 to 2 Republican majority among FCC commissioners, and the backlash since then has been unceasing and unflinching. To say that this issue is divisive is arguably quite the understatement, and even if protections are put in place on way or another, they could end up torn down in the near future by proponents of giving ISPs more freedom to shape their services as they please. BestVPN expert Sean McGrath expects this future, calling these events “the beginning of the end” for a free and open web.
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Senate Votes to Save Net Neutrality, Proving Shame Still Works Sometimes


In a monumental decision that will resonate through election season, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted 52-47 to reinstate the net neutrality protections the Federal Communications Commission decided to repeal last December.
For months, procedural red tape has delayed the full implementation of the FCC’s decision to drop Title II protections that prevent internet service providers from blocking or throttling online content. Last week, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai confirmed that the repeal of the 2015 Open Internet Order would go into effect on June 11. But Democrats put forth a resolution to use its power under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to review new regulations by federal agencies through an expedited legislative process.


Under the CRA, only a simple majority is needed to pass legislation. With Republican Senator John McCain currently hospitalized and all Democrats on board, only a single Republican needed to vote in favor of restoring net neutrality rules. However, Senators Susan Collins, Joe Kennedy, and Lisa Murkowski all broke from their GOP colleagues and ensured that the resolution passed.
Initial remarks this morning kicked off with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying that “this resolution takes us in the wrong direction,” and insisting that it’s a partisan attempt to drum up a campaign issue. (That last part is actually true.) McConnell didn’t address any specifics about why he opposes the FCC net neutrality protections. Republican Senator Roger Wicker also voiced his opposition and expressed hope that senators would instead vote for watered-down legislation that Senator John Thune, a Republican who has received nearly $1 million in donationsfrom the telecom industry, introduced on the floor today.
Democrats focused on rebutting falsehoods and highlighting specific issues that are affected by net neutrality. Senator Marie Cantwell knocked down the lie that net neutrality protections slowed down investment in networks. This conservative talking point has been the foundation of the argument against Title II classification for ISPs. Cantwell told the room:
In the year following the rule that went into place, the entire industry shows that the total capital expenditures increased by more than $550 million above the previous year’s investment. For example, in [its] 2017 earnings report, Comcast, the nation’s largest broadband provider, noted that its capital expenditures increased 7.5 percent—nine-billion dollars—and that it continued to make deployments on platforms like the X1 and wireless gateways. Likewise, AT&T spent $22 billion on capital investments of $20 billion from the previous year. In fact, 2016 represents the industry’s highest single year jump in broadband network investment since 1999.
Other Democrats spoke at length about how important net neutrality is for local news, emergency response, rural users, and the economically poor, as well as small businesses. Senator Ron Wyden emphasized that the end of net neutrality will have a direct impact on consumers and the services they choose to use like online video streaming and video games. “There is no vote that this body is going to take in 2018 that will have a more direct impact on the wallets of Americans than the one is going to happen in a few hours,” Wyden insisted.
Senator Collins was already on board in the lead up to today’s vote, but Kennedy and Murkowski were both undecided as recently as Tuesday. Net neutrality activists like Fight for the Future launched a pressure campaign urging the two senators’ constituents to demand they vote yes on the CRA measure. By all appearances, the campaign worked. Kennedy’s vote came as a bit of surprise because in March he introduced legislation that was clearly the work of big telecom lobbyists. The bill still allowed ISPs to provide paid prioritization services and other loopholes that still amount to internet fast lanes and don’t preserve the fundamental net neutrality principle that all traffic on the internet should be treated equally.
In the past several months, ISPs have pushed hard to jam a net neutrality bill through Congress that would pay lip service to the fundamental guidelines the Obama-era rules put in place. But activists have warnedthat complicated Frankenstein legislation that makes it through this Republican-controlled Congress is unlikely to include the firm prohibition of throttling, blocking, or paid-prioritization of web traffic. Further, overturning legislation is far more difficult than overturning federal agency rules.
The CRA isn’t used very often, but Republicans did successfully employ the procedure last year to repeal FCC rules that prevented ISPs from selling users’ browsing data without their consent. Still, today’s vote means the proposal will have to go the House where Democrats will need to convince 25 Republicans to support net neutrality in order for the measure to pass—and they have until January of next year to do it. The viper pit of morons in that chamber will likely get distracted by Diamond and Silk or some shit before they ever get close to a positive vote.

Still, we’ve seen Republicans willing to bend to pressure with today’s vote, and it proves that activism is working. As the midterm elections get closer and Representatives get hammered on taking a position that polling shows 86 percent of Americans oppose, we could see things turn around fast.
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The Net Neutrality Repeal Is Official. Here’s How That Could Affect You.



It’s official. The Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality rules, which had required internet service providers to offer equal access to all web content, took effect on Monday.
The rules, enacted by the administration of President Barack Obama in 2015, prohibited internet providers from charging more for certain content or from giving preferential treatment to certain websites.
After the commission voted to repeal the rules in December, it faced a public outcry, legal challenges from state attorneys general and public interest groups, and a push by Democratic lawmakers to overturn the decision. The opponents argued that the repeal would open the door for service providers to censor content online or charge additional fees for better service — something that could hurt small companies — and several states have taken steps to impose the rules on a local level.
Still, the repeal was a big win for Ajit Pai, the F.C.C.’s chairman, who has long opposed the regulations, saying they impeded innovation. He once said they were based on “hypothetical harms and hysterical prophecies of doom.”


In an op-ed column published on CNET Monday, Mr. Pai argued that the repeal was good for consumers because it restored the Federal Trade Commission’s authority over internet service providers.
“In 2015, the F.C.C. stripped the F.T.C. — the nation’s premier consumer protection agency — of its authority over internet service providers. This was a loss for consumers and a mistake we have reversed,” Mr. Pai wrote.

These are the rules that were repealed

The original rules laid out a regulatory plan that addressed a rapidly changing internet. Under those regulations, broadband service was considered a utility under Title II of the Communications Act, giving the F.C.C. broad power over internet providers. The rules prohibited these practices:
BLOCKING Internet service providers could not discriminate against any lawful content by blocking websites or apps.


THROTTLING Service providers could not slow the transmission of data because of the nature of the content, as long as it was legal.

PAID PRIORITIZATION Service providers could not create an internet fast lane for companies and consumers who paid premiums, and a slow lane for those who didn’t.
What’s everyone worried about?

Many consumer advocates argued that once the rules were scrapped, broadband providers would begin selling the internet in bundles, not unlike cable television packages. Want access to Facebook and Twitter? Under a bundling system, getting on those sites could require paying for a premium social media package.
Another major concern is that consumers could suffer from pay-to-play deals. Without rules prohibiting paid prioritization, a fast lane could be occupied by big internet and media companies, as well as affluent households, while everyone else would be left on the slow lane.
Some small-business owners are worried, too, that industry giants could pay to get an edge and leave them on an unfair playing field.
E-commerce start-ups have feared that they could end up on the losing end of paid prioritization, with their websites and services loading more slowly than those run by internet behemoths. Remote workers of all kinds, including freelancers and franchisees in the so-called gig economy, could similarly face higher costs to do their jobs from home.
“Internet service providers now have the power to block websites, throttle services and censor online content,” Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democratic member of the commission who voted against the repeal, said in an emailed statement Monday. “They will have the right to discriminate and favor the internet traffic of those companies with whom they have pay-for-play arrangements and the right to consign all others to a slow and bumpy road.”

Why it may not matter to you

Several states have taken measures to ensure the rules stay in effect. For example, in March, Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington, a Democrat, signed alaw that effectively replaced the federal rules. Others, including the governors of Montana and New York, used executive orders to force net neutrality.



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Senator Charles Schumer, the minority leader, has opposed the repeal of net neutrality rules.CreditMark Wilson/Getty Images


As of late May, 29 state legislatures had introduced bills meant to ensure net neutrality, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Still, several of these measures have failed, some are still pending, and not every state has taken such actions.
The argument against the rules

The F.C.C. said it had repealed the rules because they restrained broadband providers like Verizon and Comcast from experimenting with new business models and investing in new technology. Its chairman has long argued against the rules, pointing out that before they were put into effect in 2015, service providers had not engaged in any of the practices the rules prohibited.
“America’s internet economy became the envy of the world thanks to a market-based approach that began in the mid-1990s,” Mr. Pai said in a speech at the Mobile World Congress in February


“The United States is simply making a shift from pre-emptive regulation, which foolishly presumes that every last wireless company is an anti-competitive monopolist, to targeted enforcement based on actual market failure or anti-competitive conduct,” he said.


In Monday’s op-ed, he repeated his argument that the internet thrived without net neutrality rules in place for most of its existence. “President Clinton and a Republican Congress agreed on a light-touch framework to regulating the internet. Under that approach, the internet was open and free. Network investment topped $1.5 trillion,” he wrote.




Several internet providers made public pledges that they would not block or throttle sites once the rules were repealed. The companies argued that Title II gave the F.C.C. too much control over their business, and that the regulations made it hard to expand their networks.
The internet was already changed

Perhaps the repeal won’t change the direction of the internet. In November, Farhad Manjoo argued in his New York Times column that the internet had already been dying a slow death, and that the repeal of net neutrality rules would only hasten its demise.
He wrote that the biggest American internet companies — Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft — controlled much of the online infrastructure, from app stores to operating systems to cloud storage to nearly all of the online ad business.
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Good less government controls over the internet.

It will be a good comparison with the states that planning controlling their ISP's.
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It will be a good comparison with the states that planning controlling their ISP's.
is there anything his administration can do that you wouldn't bow your head and slurp up?
if I hadn't met you in person, I would swear you were Michael Cohen.


and just to be clear, you just said "good less gov't controls over the internet" when the article posted even quotes the shitheel industry schmuck of an FCC chairman saying that this isn't a big deal because it means that another gov't agency will regain oversight... should we get the gov't's hands off your Medicare too papaw?
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I am not, but I did sleep with Stormy Daniels.
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ith the Congressional Session ending today, before the new Senators and House Representatives are sworn in tomorrow and take their new positions, there was one last attempt at undoing the Net Neutrality reversal that FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai oversaw. In the Senate, the vote to reverse the repeal was done, but there weren't enough votes in the House to overturn it completely. Pai later issued a statement stating that he is "please that a strong bipartisan majority of the US House of Representatives declined to reinstate heavy-handed Internet regulations." In his statement, Pai also claimed that due to the reversal of Net Neutrality regulations, the US saw improvements in speeds for broadband, and also new fiber deployments in 2018. This is true, however it is only partially true. These speeds improved because of competition, not because of the Net Neutrality rollback. Pai also noted that "the Internet has remained free and open... the FCC's light-touch approach is working." The Net Neutrality Fight is not over, by a long shot



While Pai's reversal of the Net Neutrality rules set in place under the Obama Administration may be standing for now, the fight is no where near over. In fact, there are a number of advocacy groups that are getting ready to fight this even further. Fight For the Future's deputy director, Evan Greer said that "as usual Ajit Pai is full of it." Adding that "his claim that broadband speeds are up is the tech policy equivalent of 'it's snowing outside, therefore climate change is a hoax.'" Fight For the Future was just one of many advocacy groups that were pressuring Congress to reverse Pai's decision. Greer reaffirmed that the fight is far from over, stating that "dozens of anti-net neutrality members of Congress have already lost their jobs, and supporters of the open Internet will soon chair the committees that provide oversight for the FCC."



That last sentence in Greer's statement is pretty important, the fact that supports of the open Internet will soon chair committees that oversee the FCC. Meaning that Net Neutrality won't be solely in the hands of Commissioner Pai, after the new Congress takes its seats tomorrow in Washington, DC. This is important too, now that the Congressional session is over, it can no longer simply repeal and reinstate the older rules. Which means that it is going to take a bit more time to get Net Neutrality back in place.
Pai's Victory Lap May Be Shortlived



The victory lap that Pai is taking today in Washington is one that might be shortlived. With the Democrats taking over the House, it won't be long before new Net Neutrality laws pass through the House - though it will still need to pass through the Senate, which the Republicans still control. Net Neutrality is something that is needed now, especially with ISP's able to throttle traffic for specific sights and applications on its network. The whole point of Net Neutrality was not to give the government a heavy hand, but to allow all Internet traffic to be treated equally. That is no longer happening. There have been a couple of cases in 2018 alone, where ISP's were caught throttling traffic for specific sites. This included Sprint throttling traffic for Skype - which is a popular video calling service and likely uses a good amount of bandwidth on its network. Without these Net Neutrality rules that were set by the Obama Administration back in 2014, ISP's are going to be able to not only throttle traffic, but also charge more for traffic to specific sites like Netflix and YouTube because they use more bandwidth than say Twitter and Facebook.
Another way the Trump Administration is undoing everything Obama did



Since Trump took offer in 2017, he has sought to undo everything that Obama did during his eight years in The White House. Now this isn't new, or unique to Presidents Trump and Obama. Typically, when the other party takes over the executive branch (aka the presidency), they undo a lot of things that were done by their predecessor. However, in the case of Trump, he is undoing things just because Obama did it. Another major achievement under Obama's presidency was the Affordable Care Act, something that President Trump and the Republicans have tried repeatedly (and failed repeatedly) to repeal, since taking office nearly two years ago.
What's Next?



With the Democrats taking over the House this week, with the new Congress taking over, there are a few things that can happen. The House can draw up some Net Neutrality regulations and pass it through to the Senate - which may or may not pass it, since it is still Republican-held. But that of course will not be a major concern to the new Congress this week. There are a number of other things that the new Congress is going to be focused on at first, which includes the Russia investigation and the Special Counsel. Net Neutrality will likely end up heading to the courts. Currently, the FCC is already defending its repeal in a lawsuit that was filed by more than three dozen entities (which include state attorneys general, consumer advocacy groups and tech companies). In this lawsuit in particular, judges will have to decide whether the repeal can remain in place and whether the FCC can keep states from creating and enforcing their own Net Neutrality laws - California is one such state that has already created its own, but it agreed to suspend enforcing it until the court case is over.
There are many different paths to go down, for the future of Net Neutrality. But perhaps the most important thing here is the fact that no one is giving up on it. Remember that if Net Neutrality is important to you (and it should be), you can write or call your US Senator or Representative and tell them that it's important that we have tougher Net Neutrality rules in place. While it may seem arbitrary to do so, it does make a difference, if enough people call or write in.
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A new net neutrality bill is headed to Congress



Sen. Ed Markey said it’s coming ‘soon’

Today, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) said he would “soon” introduce a bill to permanently reinstate the net neutrality rules that were repealed by the Federal Communications Commission, led by chairman Ajit Pai, in 2017.

Markey’s announcement comes as a federal court is set to hear oral arguments over the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality regulations in 2017. Markey, who is a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, has previously introduced a bill that would permanently reinstate net neutrality as a member of the House of Representatives, although the measure ultimately failed.

It’s unclear when the bill would be formally introduced, but Markey said it was imminent. “We will soon lay down a legislative marker in the Senate in support of net neutrality to show the American people that we are on their side in overwhelming supporting a free and open internet.”

I’m at the D.C. Circuit Court where the case to save #NetNeutrality is getting its day in court. Whether in the courts or in the halls of Congress, we will fight to defend the free and open internet. pic.twitter.com/w2xwfHSPcw
— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) February 1, 2019
A spokesperson for Markey confirmed to The Verge that the measure is a bill that would codify net neutrality rules into law.
There have been other congressional efforts to undo the FCC’s rollback, but all have failed to conjure up the necessary votes to codify net neutrality rules. Earlier this year, Senate Democrats pushed through a Congressional Review Act measure that was aimed at reversing the commission’s repeal, but the House of Representatives failed to collect enough signatures for the bill to be brought to the floor for a vote.

As a result of the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats now hold a majority in the House and would likely be able to easily approve a net neutrality measure this session. However, Senate Democrats could face tougher waters, as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) may refuse to take the bill to the floor. Then, another discharge petition would be required to bring it up for a vote to bypass McConnell.
“Whether in the halls of the courts or the halls of Congress, we will fight to defend net neutrality,” Markey said in a statement today. “Nothing less than the fate of the internet is being argued in this court case, and we must do everything we can in this historic fight.”

Industry groups like the Internet Association (IA) also back Congress’ efforts to permanently codify net neutrality. In a statement today, IA said, “The internet industry stands with consumers in this fight. . . Internet Association and our member companies are as committed as ever to ensuring all Americans enjoy strong, enforceable net neutrality protections, whether it be through the courts or bipartisan legislation.”

In August, Markey, along with Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), led a bicameral effort along over 100 members in Congress in filing an amicus brief in the net neutrality case being heard today, condemning the FCC’s move to repeal net neutrality.
“Both the plain language and Congressional intent behind the Telecommunications Act of 1996 make clear that today, broadband access to the internet is a telecommunications service,” Markey said in a statement. “Yet Chairman Pai and President Trump ignored the statute and Congress’s intent when the FCC reclassified broadband back to an information service and eviscerated the net neutrality rules.”

They are on the wrong side of history, and I believe the court will find in our favor.”
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House Democrats Will Introduce 'Save the Internet Act' to Restore Net Neutrality This Week




House Democrats on Wednesday will introduce a bill to reinstate the net neutrality rules repealed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in late 2017.

In a letter to Democratic colleagues, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the bill, know as the “Save the Internet Act,” will be introduced on Wednesday morning at 11:15 am. Text of the bill is not currently available.



The bill will likely seek to reestablish broadband internet access as a “telecommunications service” under Title II of the Communications Act, a key designation the Republican-led FCC voted to abandon in late 2017. The change to Title II classification gave the FCC the authority in 2015 to protect online businesses and consumers against any unreasonable practices of broadband providers.


The 2015 order also outlined numerous practices that the Obama-era commission believed unreasonable. That included the ability of broadband providers to selectively block or throttle websites and services. It also banned systems of paid prioritization, in which ISPs are allowed to choose which services are the quickest to access for consumers, charging companies additional fees for the privilege.


In December 2017, the FCC’s three GOP commissioners, led by Chairman Ajit Pai, voted to repeal those protections in a party-line vote. The vote was, in essence, a decision by Republicans to diminish their own agency’s authority to protect consumers, while claiming that—despite evidence to the contrary—oversight was hindering industry innovation.
“The bill isn’t out yet, but we hope it will give a congressional stamp of approval to the FCC’s 2015 Net Neutrality rules and the whole Open Internet Order,” said Timothy Karr, senior director of strategy and communications at Free Press. “That’s crucial, because the legal framework already in Title II is the baseline for guaranteeing the full range of protections demanded by internet users, including overwhelming majorities of Democratic and Republican voters.”


The effort to pass the “Save the Internet Act” in the Senate is being led by Senator Ed Markey, his spokesperson said.
In late 2017, the Senate passed a resolution to overturn the FCC’s net neutrality repeal under the Congressional Review Act. But the House, then controlled by the GOP, did not take up the resolution in time.


The FCC repeal is also currently being challenged in the D.C. Circuit by dozens of petitioners, including the Mozilla Corporation, Public Knowledge, Free Press, the Open Technology Institute at New America, and 21 state attorneys general.
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Democrats Have the House. Could Net Neutrality Be Saved This Time?

The Obama-era net neutrality rules that the Federal Communications Commission gutted in 2017 have one thing in common with a zombie: They’re always crawling back from the dead. On Wednesday, Democrats in the House and the Senate released new bills aimed at restoring restrictions that would prevent internet service providers, like Comcast and Verizon, from slowing down or blocking access to certain websites—or charging websites a fee to reach users at faster speeds. Thanks to the current FCC, internet providers are now allowed to do whatever they want when it comes to how you connect to parts of the web, as long as they write in their terms of service that they reserve the right to do so.



The bills, both titled the Save the Internet Act, seek to undo the deregulatory actions of the Ajit Pai–led FCC, If passed, they’d return the law to what it was before Trump was inaugurated, “as in effect January 19, 2017,” according to the legislation. Beyond prohibiting internet providers from blocking and throttling internet connections, the new bills also seek to restore how the internet is legally classified. In 2015, the Obama-era FCC updated the law to classify the internet as an essential utility like phone service, which allowed the agency to pass public-interest rules to help ensure that providers don’t discriminate about how they provide access to subscribers. But under Trump, the FCC reclassified the internet as an entertainment service like cable television, which legally disempowers the FCC from passing regulation that would protect consumers from the whims of their internet providers.




The proposed legislation comes as an appeals court in D.C. is currently deciding whether the Pai-led repeal of net neutrality was done to the letter of the law, since it occurred despite a scandal-strewn public comment process and just two years after the Obama-era rules went into effect. That case could also send the FCC back to the drawing board—or not. Whatever the outcome of the case, the issue may well remain in play for years, with each FCC undoing and redoing the rules for all eternity—unless Congress settles the law.



But that would require both chambers of Congress to, well, pass legislation that President Trump would sign. With a Republican-led Senate, that’s still a long shot. Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi, who chairs the Senate Commerce Committee that would consider such a bill, has long voiced his opposition to net-neutrality rules.* He accused Democrats of voicing “a degree of hysteria last year that didn’t make sense and that has not turned out to be accurate” on net neutrality. Sen. Marsha Blackburn, another Republican on the committee, introduced industry-friendly “net neutrality” legislation when she was a member of the House of Representatives last year. That bill would have prohibited internet providers from blocking access to websites, but still would have allowed the companies to charge to reach users. There’s certainly a risk that any compromise with the new legislation would codify something like this into law, where internet providers aren’t allowed to outright censor websites but could decide to slow down connections to websites unless they pay up. The danger is that when a website doesn’t load right away, people tend to navigate away, and those who can afford to pay for fast-lane speeds will have an even bigger advantage.




Last year, lawmakers attempted to undo the FCC’s net neutrality repeal by passing what’s called a Congressional Review Act resolution, which allows Congress to overturn regulatory actions. The resolution narrowly passed the Republican-led Senate, thanks to three Republicans who pushed the bill over the edge, but failed to get the votes it needed in the House.



This year, with the House controlled by Democrats, advocates are hopeful that the new bills will gain traction. The telecom industry will lobby loudly and expensively to fight it. Open-internet activists will mobilize. And if the effort to revive net neutrality fails—well, there’s always the next administration for another attempt at resurrection.
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