Internet Association Lobbying Group Represents Tech Giants on Net Neutrality Case

Ed Markey on Twitter:

Senator Brian Schatz a Democrat from Hawaii has said he's hopeful that a new generation of voters who care about the internet will see net neutrality as their defining issue, much like members of the National Rifle Association, who support the Second Amendment. Previously a seldom-used, obscure law, the CRA was used multiple times past year to overturn regulations issued in the waning days of the Obama administration.

"The final version of Chairman Pai's rule, as expected, dismantles popular net neutrality protections for consumers". Edward Markey (D-MA), needed 30 co-sponsors to get on the Senate docket for a vote. Sen.

"Senator Collins does not support the FCC's recent decision to repeal net neutrality rules, and she will support Senator Markey's legislation that would overturn the FCC's vote", a spokeswoman, Annie Clark, said in a statement to The Hill.

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

Democrats face an uphill battle to win the bipartisan support necessary for the bill's success, however.

Now that the FCC is controlled 3-2 by the Republican party, it has become the source of all that's wrong in the world for Democrats. Once the bill goes to a vote, it will still need a majority to pass and then will wind up on Trump's desk, who is unlikely to approve the bill.

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The fact that no Republicans have signed onto the resolution means it's likely to be defeated in a floor vote.

Still, Free Press and others are pushing forward, noting the widespread popularity of the net-neutrality rules.

The December decision to repeal net neutrality sparked backlash from consumers and tech companies.

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

Democratic Senator Ed Markey said on Tuesday he had 39 co-sponsors to force a vote, but it is not clear when the vote will occur since the new rules will not take effect for at least another three months.

According to Gizmodo, the IA would be a third party to the lawsuit and the court case wouldn't ensue for a couple of months but other companies have 50 days to join the suit.

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