Net Neutrality FCC Vote Today December 14, 2017

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    What Will Happen Without Net Neutrality | Crit Show 0047

    6 evil lies about net neutrality that got it repealed | Complete history of net neutrality explained

    How the end of net neutrality could change the internet
     
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    Internal FCC Report Shows Republican Net Neutrality Narrative Is False
    The story of net neutrality as an Obama-led takeover of the internet was refuted by an Inspector General investigation whose findings were not made public prior to Thursday’s vote.
    https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/vbympa/net-neutrality-fcc-inspector-general-report

    "A core Republican talking point during the net neutrality battle was that, in 2015, President Obama led a government takeover of the internet, and Obama illegally bullied the independent Federal Communications Commission into adopting the rules. In this version of the story, Ajit Pai’s rollback of those rules Thursday is a return to the good old days, before the FCC was forced to adopt rules it never wanted in the first place.

    “On express orders from the previous White House, the FCC scrapped the tried-and-true, light touch regulation of the Internet and replaced it with heavy-handed micromanagement,” Pai said Thursday prior to voting to repeal the regulations.

    But internal FCC documents obtained by Motherboard using a Freedom of Information Act request show that the independent, nonpartisan FCC Office of Inspector General—acting on orders from Congressional Republicans—investigated the claim that Obama interfered with the FCC’s net neutrality process and found it was nonsense. This Republican narrative of net neutrality as an Obama-led takeover of the internet, then, was wholly refuted by an independent investigation and its findings were not made public prior to Thursday’s vote."
     
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    Nebraska Introduces Law to Re-Instate Net Neutrality
    Statehouses across the country: the next battlefield for a free internet?
    By Eileen Guo on January 7, 2018
    Filed Under Economics, Internet Culture & Politics
    https://www.inverse.com/article/39994-nebraska-proposes-reinstate-net-neutrality

    "A state legislator, Adam Morfeld, introduced a bill Friday to restore rules net neutrality rules in the state of Nebraska.

    The “Internet Neutrality Act” (LB856) would restore the former federal rules and prohibit broadband internet service providers from “limiting or restricting access to web sites, applications, or content.”

    As Morfeld told a local newspaper, “For me, this is an economic development and consumer protection bill. The internet drives the economy now and it’s critical people have open and fair access to the internet.”

    Nebraska Introduces Law to Re-Instate Net Neutrality - ‘The “Internet Neutrality Act” (LB856) would restore the former federal rules and prohibit broadband internet service providers from “limiting or restricting access to web sites, applications, or content.”’
    https://www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/7ou5yt/nebraska_introduces_law_to_reinstate_net/
     
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    Senate bill to reverse net neutrality repeal gains 30th co-sponsor, ensuring floor vote
    BY HARPER NEIDIG - 01/08/18 01:10 PM EST
    http://thehill.com/policy/technolog...utrality-repeal-wins-30th-co-sponsor-ensuring

    "A Senate bill that would reverse the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to repeal net neutrality received its 30th co-sponsor on Monday, ensuring it will receive a vote on the Senate floor.

    Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) announced her support for the bill on Twitter, putting it over the top of a procedural requirement to bypass committee approval.

    The bill, which is being pushed by Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), would use Congress’s authority under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to reverse the FCC’s rollback of its popular net neutrality rules.

    “We’ve reached the magic number of 30 to secure a vote on the Senate floor, and that number will only continue to climb,” Markey said in a statement Monday. “Republicans are faced with a choice — be on the right side of history and stand with the American people who support a free and open internet, or hold hands with the special interests who want to control the internet for their own profit.”

    Under the CRA, if a joint resolution of disapproval bill has enough support it can bypass committee review and be fast-tracked to a floor vote. If the bill is passed and signed into law, it would vacate the FCC's vote last month and prohibit the agency from ever trying to repeal the rules in the future.

    Lawmakers have 60 legislative days after the FCC submits its regulations to Congress to pass the CRA. The repeal order is currently awaiting approval from the Office of Management and Budget.
    With Republicans in control of both the House and Senate, the bill faces long odds to win the simple majorities it needs to reach the president’s desk. But Democrats and activists see a clear upside in forcing GOP lawmakers to take an official stance during an election year on the consumer protections, which polls have shown to be popular among voters.

    “Today’s news shows that lawmakers from both parties cannot hide from their constituents on this issue,” said Evan Greer, an activist with the group Fight for the Future, which has promised to rally voters around the issue in the midterm elections. “Every member of the U.S. Senate will have to go on the record, during a tight election year, and either vote to save the Internet or rubber stamp its death warrant.”"
     
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    Senate Bill to Reverse FCC's Net Neutrality Repeal Gains Traction
     
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    Senate Dems searching for one last vote to revive FCC's net neutrality rules
    Kevin Breuninger Published 4 Hours Ago Updated 3 Hours Ago
    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/16/all...port-net-neutrality-bringing-total-to-50.html

    "Forty-nine Democrats and independents in the Senate plan to co-sponsor Sen. Ed Markey's legislation undoing the FCC's repeal of net neutrality.
    Republican Sen. Susan Collins announced her support of Markey's bill earlier this month.
    But the chances of the bill passing the House, or being signed by a president who doesn't support net neutrality, are extremely slim."
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    Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) (L) is flanked by Ed Markey (D-MA) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)while speaking about a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would undo action by the FCC and restore the 2015 net neutrality rules, on Capitol Hill January 9, 2018 in Washington, DC.

    "Half the Senate plans to support a bill reversing the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of so-called net neutrality rules.

    The new tally, revealed in a press release from Senate Democrats on Tuesday, brings the total number of declared votes against the FCC's recent action to 50 — a dead-even split in the chamber. Just one more vote would be enough to pass Democratic Sen. Ed Markey's bill in the Senate, which if made law would effectively restore Obama-era rules on internet service providers.

    Markey's bill, if passed, would be a blow to a Trump administration seesawing between inflections of populist empathy and often starkly unpopular conservative policy.

    But even if the bill does pass the Senate, it's still a long way off from becoming law.

    The bill would also need a majority in the House, where Republicans command more seats. Whereas Republican control of the Senate has slimmed to a razor-thin majority of 51 seats, the GOP boasts 239 out of 435 spots in the House.

    And, of course, the bill would need to be signed by President Donald Trump, who holds the constitutional power to veto any legislation that crosses his desk.

    The chances of either event occurring are vanishingly small, despite net neutrality's relative popularity.

    While net neutrality rules lost significant support in the months leading up to the FCC's repeal, Americans who favored the rules still strongly outnumbered those who opposed them. Some 52 percent of registered voters favored net neutrality, compared with 18 percent in opposition,according to a November poll from Morning Consult and Politico.

    All 47 Senate Democrats — and both independent senators — are planning to co-sponsor the legislation, according to the press release. Republican Sen. Susan Collins announced her support of Markey's legislation earlier this month.

    "When we force a vote on this bill, Republicans in Congress will — for the first time — have the opportunity to right the administration's wrong and show the American people whose side they're on: big ISPs and major corporations or consumers, entrepreneurs, and small business owners," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in December struck down the 2015 rules, which prohibited internet service providers such as Verizon, Comcast or AT&T from slowing traffic to certain websites."
     
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