Sen Cantwell Files Petition to Force Net Neutrality Vote
- Author: Arturo Norris May 10, 2018,
May 10, 2018, 22:33
Senate Democrats on 09 May will officially file a petition to force a net neutrality vote and 10 hours of floor debate under the Congressional Review Act. All 49 members of the Senate Democratic caucus support the resolution, along with Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine).
If the measure is passed by a simple majority vote, it would still need to be signed by President Donald Trump.
The FCC could soon announce the start date. Still, this is now the best and the fastest way to preserve net neutrality.
The term was coined in 2003 by Tim Wu, who is now a law professor at Columbia University. Internet-savvy nonprofit and social justice organizations such as Fight for the Future, Demand Progress, and Color of Change are also behind the push. Other ISPs have blocked content, too.
Senate Democrats and many users disagree with the Trump administration's decision to overturn the Obama-era regulations. In 2015, stricter network neutrality rules were approved.
Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers (ISPs) treat all content equally and not give preference to some digital content providers.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) logo is seen before the FCC Net Neutrality hearing in Washington. This means that companies can not pay more to deliver their content slower, or block users from viewing certain websites unless they pay for it, and so on. Facebook was available for anyone with computer and internet. Because we believe that the internet should be kept free and open like our highways, accessible and affordable to every American, regardless of your ability to pay, where you live, or the size of your business. By a 2 to 1 margin, voters said Congress needs to pass new legislation that protects them and the internet alike instead of reinstating rules that only apply to one sector of the internet.
Other Republicans and conservative activists who oppose the net neutrality regulations as heavy-handed government oversight have branded the effort a political stunt.
Republican senators say Democrats are looking to restore outdated regulations rather than working together on a forward-thinking, bipartisan fix.
That's why ISPs like AT&T and Comcast are pushing hard for a fake net neutrality law in name only; one that will profess to deliver the protections consumers are looking for, but whose real goal is to prevent and pre-emt any meaningful state or federal net neutrality protections.