Oregon eyes own net neutrality law

Oregon eyes own net neutrality law

Democrats in Congress announced on Tuesday they have introduced a resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) decision to rescind net neutrality rules.

Although Markey pledged to introduce a CRA resolution shortly after the FCC's 2017 ruling, he and others could not formally offer one until the agency submitted its final rule to Congress and published it in the federal register. The resolution, which would fully restore the 2015 Open Internet Order, has the support of 50 members of the Senate, including Republican Senator Susan Collins. On the House side, however, the resolution still needs the support of more than 100 lawmakers to pass - and even then, it needs to get past President Donald Trump's veto pen.

Activists have staged protests around the United States and online, saying dominant broadband providers could favour their own services and hinder those of rivals and charge more for certain kinds of access. That leaves them just one vote shy of passage.

"We have until April 23 until our net neutrality rules are gone", said Rep. Jennifer Williamson, leader of Oregon's Democratic House Majority.

Senate Democrats will need at least one more Republican vote. Sen. After all, it was Pai who led the charge to repeal net neutrality rules in the first place. It was a big win for companies such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast that control much of the residential internet landscape.

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The FCC's repeal of net neutrality regulations officially went into effect last week, but some state governments across the US have announced plans to adopt their own net neutrality protections in light of the federal government's decision. Not only did the FCC repeal net neutrality, but the agency took an extra step to take the FCC out of the business of protecting consumers on other broadband issues.

"A free and open internet is essential to fostering innovation and education, and promoting civic engagement".

"We will keep fighting until real net neutrality is the law of land", said Sen. "When they come after net neutrality, they come after our freedom".

Although the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal Net Neutrality in December, that hasn't stopped individual states from attempting to bring some degree of neutrality to their own districts.

In an attempt to save Obama-era net neutrality rules, more than 75 US mayors and elected officials have signed a letter supporting a congressional review of the FCC's recent net neutrality rollback. "This is our best possible chance to stand with Americans who have made their voices heard loud and clear in support of net neutrality".

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