The repeal of net neutrality rules will finally take effect on June 11, six months after the Federal Communications Commission voted to eliminate the rules that prohibit Internet service providers from blocking and throttling lawful Internet traffic.
Pai, 44, said he believes net neutrality rules adopted during the Obama administration discourage ISPs from making investments in their network that would provide even better and faster online access.
Ed Markey and other senators petitioned to keep neutrality standards in place using the Congressional Review Act. From there, members of Congress have 60 days (defined as calendar days excluding certain periods in which either the House or Senate is adjourned) to introduce a resolution disapproving of the rule in question.
The good news for open internet supporters is that, at present, they need one more vote in the Senate to pass the resolution.
In the run up to the net neutrality vote, people across the country will be bringing the "red alert" protest offline and directly to their representative's doorsteps. The repeal vote took place in Demember 2017, despite repeated polls that show the United States public greatly favors net neutrality protections and regulations.
The FCC vote effectively changed the scope of what the federal government considers a net neutrality violation and placed much of the responsibility for enforcing those violations in the hands of another agency, the Federal Trade Commission.
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Markey, who is shoring up support for a vote to overturn the FCC's ruling, said "access to a free and open internet isn't a privilege, it's a right".
Many polls have shown that U.S. citizens are mostly in favor of keeping net neutrality, with an April 2018 poll from the University of Maryland finding that 86% of respondents oppose repealing these protections. John McCain (R-Ariz)'s continued absence from the chamber, could be enough to get the measure over the finish line in the Senate if all 49 Democrats are be present and voting in favor of the resolution. Potentially, other moderate Republicans could join Collins and back the effort. The Senate is slated to vote on the matter by June 12.
The FCC is also facing lawsuits from almost two dozen state attorneys general who oppose the repeal of the rules. The move was pretty widely regarded as being awful, with FCC chairman Ajit Pai being singled out in particular for vitriol.
Hey, remember net neutrality? And if it passes the House, the legislation would still need Trump's signature ― no sure thing, given that he put Pai in the position to lead the push overturning the Obama-era net neutrality rules.
"This office has proudly led the suit to block this illegal rollback of net neutrality - and we certainly won't stop now", Underwood said.