A Phony Vote on 'Net Neutrality'

Sammi Le Master helps to dismantle a large alarm clock display that reads

Sammi Le Master helps to dismantle a large alarm clock display that reads"Net Neutrality Wake Up Call from the stage after a protest at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington Thursday Dec. 14 2017

The CRA requires a majority vote; now all 49 members of the Senate Democratic caucus are voting in favor, as is Republican Susan Collins. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is ill and will not be present to vote, Schumer believes the measure will pass 50-49.

Schumer said in an earlier statement, "The repeal of net neutrality is not only a blow to the average consumer, but it is a blow to public schools, rural Americans, communities of color and small businesses".

"From the GOP tax scam, to attacks on the Affordable Care Act, to rolling back fuel economy standards, and to net neutrality, the Trump administration has repeatedly ignored the needs of everyday American families", said Senator Markey.

This wouldn't be the end of the effort's struggles, however, as it is unknown whether the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives will even vote on the issue or President Trump would impart his required signature on the matter. Should the measure somehow make it to President Trump's desk, he's unlikely to sign it since he is on the record as agreeing with the FCC's action. "May 16 will be the most important vote for the internet in the history of the Senate, and I call on my Republicans colleagues to join this movement and stand on the right side of digital history". He believes the issue will energize Democratic voters in the midterm elections and help the party capture seats now held by Republicans.

"There is nowhere to hide, and there are no excuses".


Those rules were meant to ensure a free and open internet, give consumers equal access to web content and bar broadband service providers from favoring their own material or others. Brian Schatz of Hawaii, Ranking Democrat on the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet. According to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the House is prepping a separate net neutrality bill "to permanently address this issue", the Washington Post reports. Shortly before the FCC's vote last December, polling by the University of Maryland showed that 83 percent of voters opposed the FCC's plan to repeal net neutrality. The Open Internet Order prohibited internet service providers from blocking, slowing down, or discriminating against content online.

Representatives from Stonyfield are anxious, among other things, that Internet Service Providers could start charging more for access to some websites and services.

Congress passes a law that reclassifies broadband internet as a Title II "telecommunication service" or protects net neutrality in another way. The FCC can not finalize its new rule until it submits it to the Office of Management and Budget for formal approval.

The FCC did not roll back rules that require internet providers to disclose their traffic management practices, with complaints largely handled through the Federal Trade Commission.

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