Push to reverse FCC rollback of net neutrality rules gets Senate boost


That number is important, because it's the exact number of senators that would be needed to essentially force a vote on the the FCC's move.

The news comes as the Internet Association (IA) announces its plans to join the legal appeal against the net neutrality repeal by the FCC.

Yesterday, the FCC published the order it voted on in December that rolls back the protections that help keep the Internet open and free.

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.

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It was not unexpected that associations or public interest groups would start the judicial steamroller, but several states have stepped forward to create their own regulatory framework to preserve net neutrality. Net neutrality-the principal that Internet service providers must treat all data on the Internet equally and not block, throttle, or charge extra or access to it-has been vital to growth of the Internet. Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democratic Party. Under this law, Congress has the power to reverse a federal agency's ruling within 60 legislative days of it being made.

Getting a vote is only part of the battle.

While McCaskill's support is good news for those who wish to see the decision overturned, the vote in itself will not be enough to ensure that net neutrality will be restored. A University of Maryland poll last month found they were supported by 83% of Americans, including 75% of Republicans. The commission did adopt new rules requiring that internet providers disclose the way they handle traffic, but net neutrality advocates say that they are insufficient. By forcing a floor vote on the resolution to nullify the repeal, supporters of net neutrality could make Republican legislators go on record about whether they support net neutrality or not, something that could be used as a campaign issue in this fall's mid-term elections.

"Millions of people from across the political spectrum fought hard to win the Title II net neutrality protections that the FCC just callously slashed at the behest of telecom lobbyists", Greer said in a statement. At a conference past year in California, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said while net neutrality is "incredibly important", it's no longer "narrowly important to us because we're big enough to get the deals we want". Before the commission voted on the repeal, some of America's biggest tech companies, Facebook and Google in particular, took a back seat during public protests over the issue.

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