Senate Net Neutrality Resolution Would Put Rules Back in Place

Ray Weaver
January 17, 2018

The resolution now has the support of all 49 Democrats in the Senate and one Republican, Susan Collins of Maine.

In California, Senate leader Kevin de León introduced a bill earlier this month to preserve net neutrality rules in the state. ISPs argued that the rules blocked them from deploying new business models. That puts them just two votes shy of being able to stop any legislation - or in this case, pass something of their own. But the measure must survive the Republican-majority House and be signed by President Donald Trump to take effect. The killing of net neutrality is an anti-free market maneuver that is meant to give control of the internet to large corporate Internet Service Providers. The FCC's new rule fails to justify the Commission's departure from its long-standing policy and practice of defending net neutrality, while misinterpreting and disregarding critical record evidence on industry practices and harm to consumers and businesses. If the resolution passes during this window, it will overturn the FCC's 3-2 decision and prohibit the agency from passing similar measures in the future. Blackburn's bill would also prohibit the FCC from imposing any type of common carrier regulations on broadband providers. As if trying to get one more vote isn't enough pressure, the Democrats are hamstrung by the clock. Citrix products and services can help both function efficiently in a post-Net Neutrality world. That's a lot more people to win over.

The death knell for the cherished principle of net neutrality sounded last month when USA regulators narrowly voted to roll back Title II protections. The groups hope that pressure from voters will spur enough Republican lawmakers to support it.

Democrats have said they plan to make net neutrality a midterm campaign issue, forcing vulnerable GOP candidates to stand with their party and adopt a position that, according to some surveys, is at odds with that of the broader public.

"What's become clear over the past year is that despite an intense public relations effort to pull the wool over Republican voters' eyes in order to turn net neutrality into a partisan issue, most conservatives outside Washington aren't buying it", advocacy group Demand Progress.

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