Senate push to overturn FCC's net neutrality decision reaches important threshold

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Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress can overrule any regulation issued by a government agency with a simple majority.

While McCaskill's support is good news for those who wish to see the decision overturned, the vote in itself will not be enough to ensure that net neutrality will be restored.

Yesterday, the FCC published the order it voted on in December that rolls back the protections that help keep the Internet open and free.

Ask Congress to stand up for the Internet and overrule the FCC's order and restore Open Internet Order.

Still, their financing of the IA means they're at least helping fund defense of the rules somewhat from the frontal assault by Comcast, AT&T, Verizon and their new BFFs at the Federal Communications Commission.

Despite the apparent public sentiment in favor of net neutrality, observers doubt whether the Republican-controlled Congress will pass Markey's bill. By forcing a floor vote on the resolution to nullify the repeal, supporters of net neutrality could make Republican legislators go on record about whether they support net neutrality or not, something that could be used as a campaign issue in this fall's mid-term elections.

In fact Facebook has actively worked against net neutrality in many countries like India as it looks to dominate advertising in many developing markets.

The opposition to the FCC repeal is mobilizing in a big way. To do that, the bill will regulate business practices and use net neutrality as a condition in state contracts, cable franchise agreements and agreements that let companies place wireless broadband equipment on utility poles, his office said in a statement.

But fear not-there are a number of other ways people are fighting the end of net neutrality, from lawsuits to local legislation.

"Internet users are angry, educated, and organized".

The resolution doesn't have any Republican sponsors, making passage doubtful, but a floor vote could force Republican senators to publicly support the FCC's exceedingly unpopular move.

We know that telecom companies, and even the federal government, will fight California's net neutrality laws in court-and we'll be ready when they try. "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".

Still, Free Press and others are pushing forward, noting that the net neutrality rules are widely popular.

The "Internet Neutrality Act" (LB856), introduced by Sen.