State legislators in Nebraska and California are introducing net neutrality laws

09 January, 2018, 02:11 | Author: Rita Burton
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"Without strong net neutrality rules, there's nothing to stop the companies that already monopolize the internet from blocking websites or information altogether, so if the Trump Administration won't protect consumers - the State of California will".

A Senate bill that would reverse the Federal Communications Commission's decision in December, received its 30th co-sponsor Monday, meaning that it will receive a vote, reports The Hill.

Still, the CRA resolution is a symbolic move, and it'll keep the battle for net neutrality in the spotlight.

"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. The Congressional Review Act allows Congress to overturn recent federal regulations with a simple majority, and Republicans have previously used it to gut Obama-era environmental and consumer privacy protections.

Markey's bill, a Congressional Resolution of Disapproval, needed at least 29 co-sponsors to force a vote in the Republican-controlled Senate. Under this law, Congress has the power to reverse a federal agency's ruling within 60 legislative days of it being made.

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Tom Wheeler's net neutrality rules probably place too many restrictions on the telcos, while the so-called "Restoring Internet Freedom Order" maybe offers to much freedom to billion-dollar businesses, who haven't really earnt the trust being granted through light-touch regulation they now have.

By forcing a floor vote on the resolution to nullify the repeal, supporters of net neutrality could make Republican legislators go on record about their stance - something that could become a campaign issue in this fall's midterm elections.

He continued: "Regardless of party affiliation, all elected officials should stand with their constituents and restore the 2015 protections that protect free speech, choice, and innovation online". "[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 commission did adopt new rules requiring that internet providers disclose the way they handle traffic, but net neutrality advocates say that they are insufficient.

Before this, a lot of the same big tech companies were fairly passive and inactive during the initial protests of the repeal.

On Friday, the Internet Association, a trade group representing online companies including Facebook and Google, said it planned to sign onto an expected lawsuit seeking to block the repeal through the courts.

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