US Senate to vote on overturning FCC net neutrality plans

Last December, the FCC voted to repeal these rules, which prohibited internet service providers from blocking, slowing down, or discriminating against content online. They ignore the fact that the FCC already requires broadband providers to disclose their open internet practices and has returned authority to the Federal Trade Commission to police any deceptive or unfair practices of ISPs. Only those who could afford to pay for certain websites would have access to them.

Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O), Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) and AT&T Inc (T.N) have all pledged to not block or discriminate against legal content after the net neutrality rules expire.

The FCC could soon announce the start date.

She said net neutrality's repeal could also make the internet look more like politics, where those with the most money have the ability to exert outsized influence.

Democrats say they can reach that threshold, with all 49 members of their caucus and Sen.

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The FCC's repeal rolled back so-called "Title II" regulations that classified the internet as a public utility and which, among other things, required internet service providers (ISPs) to treat all of the data traveling on their networks equally.

Only one Republican, Sen. The move was pretty widely regarded as being bad, with FCC chairman Ajit Pai being singled out in particular for vitriol. Originally, it was expected the rules would take effect in April, but the Office of Management and Budget needed additional time to vet the new regulations. He said many politicians had sought to "mislead" the public about the repeal's impact.

Democratic FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel called the decision "profoundly disappointing". The Federal Communications Commission struck down neutrality a year ago, arguing that online services would get better with competition among providers. With Sen. John McCain, a Republican, having missed votes this year as he battles cancer, 50 votes would be enough to clear the Senate. "This upcoming Senate vote will be our opportunity to save net neutrality and deliver the digital future that Americans deserve". Ed Markey, D-Mass., filed a petition Wednesday to force a vote under the Congressional Review Act, a rule allowing Congress to overturn recent rules from government agencies. "My resolution will *fully* restore #NetNeutrality & we only need #OneMoreVote to pass it in the Senate". President Trump has said he'd veto it, so the CRA making it through seems highly unlikely.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted along party lines to get rid of the rule in December, arguing that internet service providers were not charging to prioritize content. Complicating matters is a move by Washington, and several other states, to draw up their own net neutrality laws.

  • Regina Walsh