Senate Democrats To Force Vote On Net Neutrality

Senate Bill to Undo Net Neutrality Repeal Receives Enough Support to Force Floor Vote

Tech Giants Including Netflix And Amazon Join Fight For Net Neutrality

Markey's bill, a Congressional Resolution of Disapproval, needed at least 29 co-sponsors to force a vote in the Republican-controlled Senate.

Morfeld announced his intention to introduce the bill shortly after the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 along party lines to repeal the Obama-era regulations on December 14.

De León introduced legislation last week to essentially apply some of the Obama-era rules to internet service providers in California.

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Without those rules in place, providers will be free to block customers from accessing rival services, say, or slow down their access to Netflix, as long as they tell customers what they're doing - although the Federal Trade Commission is supposed to keep a watch out or severely anticompetitive moves.

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

With McCaskill and Booker co-sponsoring Markey's resolution, that leaves 17 Senate Democrats-along with Angus King (I-Maine)-who have yet to make a commitment to defend net neutrality (see list below).

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Missouri's Claire McCaskill is the latest senator to sign on to the nullification effort, according to Free Press, a consumer-rights group that supports the net-neutrality rules the FCC voted to repeal. Previously a seldom used, obscure law, the CRA was used multiple times by Congress past year to overturn regulations issued in the waning days of the Obama administration.

Still, Free Press and others are pushing forward, noting that the net neutrality rules are widely popular. Their announcement came on January 5, the day after the FCC introduced the final rules that will govern the internet under this repeal.

Washington state lawmakers, anticipating the repeal to net neutrality rules, hope to force broadband companies to disclose accurate information about the price and speed of their services, while also preventing those companies from creating so-called "fast lanes" for consumers who pay more.

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He said the association "intends to act as an intervenor in judicial action against this order and, along with our member companies, will continue our push to restore strong, enforceable net neutrality protections through a legislative solution". "The Congressional Review Act gives Congress the power to reverse that corrupt and illegitimate decision and restore the basic protections that enable free expression, creativity, and innovation online". A separate poll conducted this year found that 60% of registered voters (61% of Democrats and 59% of Republicans) support net neutrality rules.

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