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Markey: CRA Nullifying Net Reg Rollback Will Get Vote

10 January 2018, 12:44 | Gretchen Simon

US Congress seizes net neutrality, stuffs it into a bipartisan black hole

Ed Markey on Twitter:

Though Democrats now have enough support to force the resolution to a vote in the Senate, they have much steeper barriers to getting it adopted.

It's not known exactly what tack that legal challenge will take, but there is a good likelihood of it succeeding if the history of net neutrality regulations is anything to go by.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said on Monday that she was the 30th senator to sign on to a plan to use a procedural rule to vote on a reversal of the FCC's actions.

In December, the FCC voted along party lines to overturn the net neutrality rules established during the Obama administration.

A few weeks the FCC announced that they will move the internet from a Title II to a Title I service. All 30 supporters are members of the Democratic caucus. Those rules, adopted in 2015 to cap a decade of the agency's efforts, barred broadband service providers from blocking, slowing, or providing preferred access to particular websites or services. A University of Maryland poll from December 2017 found that more than 83 percent of voters favor keeping the rules, including 75 percent of Republicans, 89 percent of Democrats and 86 percent of independents.


In short, there are no special rules in the House to guarantee a vote on the CRA resolution. Most importantly, the resolution only requires a majority of votes to pass in the Senate - meaning, if the Democrats are united, they only need two Republicans to join them.

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

While Democrats have reached a crucial threshold for bringing the bill to vote on the Senate floor, it's unlikely to pass since Republicans control both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Additionally, the group said it would continue to vie for legislation to restore what it calls "strong, enforceable net neutrality protections through a legislative solution".

The big question now is, what would the major tech companies that depend on customers' internet access do to combat the repeal? But a vote in the Senate would put senators on the record in an election year. "The Congressional Review Act gives Congress the power to reverse that corrupt and illegitimate decision and restore the basic protections that enable free expression, creativity, and innovation online".



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