The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal net neutrality earlier this week.
The net neutrality regulations implemented under Obama’s administration has been repealed with with a 3-2 vote.
The regulations that were in place prohibited internet providers from blocking certain websites or even charging more for “higher-quality service.” Now high-speed internet will no longer be regulated like utility by the federal government.
However, Democrats are not happy with the decision and continue to fight it. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer promised on Friday that the Senate will take a vote to repeal the net neutrality bill passed by the FCC.
Democrats want to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn the FCC’s decision. The CRA gives Congress the ability, with a majority in the House and Senate, to repeal agency rules. Republicans employed the tactic frequently during the first half of the year to roll back rules passed during the last days of the Obama administration.
“One, this CRA doesn’t need the support of the majority leader,” Schumer said, “We can bring it to the floor and force a vote. So, there will be a vote to repeal the rule that the FCC passed.”
“It’s in our power to do that and that’s the beauty of the CRA rule,” he added, “Sometimes we don’t like them, when they used it to repeal some of the pro-environmental regulations, but now we can use the CRA to our benefit, and we intend to.”
Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) announced on Thursday after the FCC’s vote that he and 19 other senators would be introducing the bill, and Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) has promised companion legislation in the House.
With Republicans in control of both chambers, the bill will have long odds. But net neutrality supporters plan to put the pressure on lawmakers to support the move. And a handful of Republicans, including Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), have come out in opposition to the FCC’s move this week. Still, it’s unclear how many GOP lawmakers, if any, will support the bill.
Markey said, “Our Republicans colleagues have a choice — be on the right side of history and stand with the American people who support net neutrality, or hold hands with big corporations who only want to increase their profits at the expense of consumers and our economy.”
Do they not realize that Republicans don’t support net neutrality as a whole? We don’t want big government. The less the government regulates us, the better!
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