Welch unveils legislation to restore net neutrality

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OR has joined 20 other states and the District of Columbia in launching a legal challenge of the Federal Communications Commission's decision December 14 to repeal a rule barring internet providers from blocking or charging more for access to one website over another.

In a partisan 3-2 vote in December, the Federal Communications Commission approved a plan to roll back regulations that were meant to ensure that the internet stay open and equally accessible to all.

Last month, Scheneiderman said a flood of fake comments had come into the FCC on the net neutrality issue, estimating that about two million Americans had their identities stolen to make comments to the FCC on the potential change. "It's clear that Democrats are committed to fighting to keep the Internet from becoming the Wild West where ISPs [Internet service providers] are free to offer premium service to only the wealthiest customers while average consumer are left with far inferior options". "Today, we are filing a lawsuit against the FCC's illegal attempt to repeal commonsense rules protecting net neutrality". So there's still little chance this move will be successful in restoring net neutrality.

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"The multi-state lawsuit comes just a day after Democrats in the Senate said they were inching closer to the votes needed for a legislative measure to help overturn the FCC's rules", The Post adds.

Democrats are using a law called the Congressional Review Act that lets Congress vote on regulations implemented by government agencies like the FCC. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. According to the senator from NY, they now have a total of 50 votes for a Senate resolution of disapproval that would restore the Open Internet Order of 2015 and deliver a stiff rebuke to Ajit Pai and other Republican members of the FCC. Rep. Mike Doyle, a Democrat representing Pennsylvania, said Tuesday he has 81 members of Congress willing to cosponsor legislation to protect net neutrality.

The repeal of the net neutrality rules was pushed by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican picked by Trump a year ago to lead the agency. "The FCC or a court may accept this order or require us and others to refile at a later date". "Where do you want to sit on Amtrak?" he said.

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