Big Tech Teams Up in Fight to Restore Net Neutrality

Big Tech Teams Up in Fight to Restore Net Neutrality

Big Tech Teams Up in Fight to Restore Net Neutrality

Adding that it would continue to push for legislation to restore "strong, enforceable net neutrality protections through a legislative solution".

Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has signed on as the 30th cosponsor for a Senate bill to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) ending of net neutrality. Senate Bill 460 would make it illegal for broadband providers to block or limit internet service or interfere with customer access. It seems that state legislators are starting to take matters of net neutrality into their own hands.

"We won't let the Trump-led FCC dismantle our right to a free and open internet, and we won't let them create a system where internet providers can favor web sites and services based on who pays more money", Wiener said. Daines told the Gazette that Democratic efforts to repeal the FCC's net neutrality ruling using the Congressional Review Act was a "stunt".

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

The resolution was drafted under the Congressional Review Act, which gives Congress the authority to overturn new regulations issued by federal agencies with a simple-majority vote in both houses.

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And if that was the end of the process, the resolution might have a chance of getting signed into law. "In the House, we'll need about 20 Republicans to listen to their constituents and vote for the CRA".

That said, there are several examples of cases where federal USA courts have ruled the FCC does not have the power to meddle in state affairs, though these are cases which only effect that state itself.

The state-by-state legislation being introduced could become the subject of a second net neutrality-related lawsuit. Last June, Mozilla reported that a survey it conducted with Ipsos found that 81% of Democrats and 73% of Republicans support net neutrality principles. "[FCC Chairman] Ajit Pai has awakened the public, now Net Neutrality is a kitchen-table issue, and the outcry is only going to get louder". The Internet Association - whose member companies include Google, Facebook and Netflix - said last week it is prepared to join a legal battle against repealing the rules, which were approved in 2015.

In a Statement announcing the advocacy group's intention to intervene in judicial action to preserve net neutrality protections, Internet Association (IA) President & CEO Michael Beckerman, suggested the FCC's "Restoring Internet Freedom Order" would gut net neutrality protections for consumers, start-ups, and other stakeholders.

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