Tell Congress to Protect the Open Internet

Tell Congress to Protect the Open Internet

Existing federal net neutrality rules were written by the FCC-and the FCC is ending them-but Congress could overrule the agency. The CRA is essentially the last hope for net neutrality advocates.

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. "I think the likelihood is very strong that we will lose that litigation with regards to this particular action taken by the Legislature".

U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) joined with Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Congressman Mike Doyle (D-PA), and several of their colleagues in announcing the introduction of House and Senate resolutions to fully restore the 2015 Open Internet Order.

The resolution has support from 50 members - all 49 members of the Democratic caucus, including both Vermont senators, as well as Sen. After April 23, there will be little in the way of ISPs charging more for access to Netflix or content from competitors, if they desire.

The state Senate passed House Bill 2282 Tuesday on a bipartisan 35-14 vote and it now goes to Gov. Jay Inslee, who is expected to sign it.

If you're interested in reading more on the CRA process, you should read this write-up from the New York Times because it's definitely worth reading. "We need one more vote".

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Since the FCC commission voted along party lines to repeal net neutrality in December, Democrats have been vociferous in their opposition. Net neutrality, which ensures that all internet traffic is treated equally, was rescinded by the FCC late past year by a 3 to 2 vote. Markey asked a group of net neutrality supporters standing outside the Capitol.

At the press conference, Democratic lawmakers warned that under the new FCC regulations customers willing to pay more may get faster service, but internet service providers also will be able to slow access to websites and businesses that aren't willing to pay a fee.

Additionally, Duff will seek to include language in his proposed legislation to hold companies accountable for warranties made to consumers as well as amend Connecticut's consumer protection laws to include the principles of net neutrality.

"The CRA is a simple up or down vote on the future of the free and open Internet", Greer said.

Schneiderman also pointed out that the repeal of net neutrality would create a fight between "Big Telecom" versus the "American people". As they did last summer on a similar day of action, these companies are encouraging their users to contact their lawmakers, and on their sites they're offering information on how to do that.

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