- A 30th Senator – Claire McCaskill from Missouri – signed
to sponsor a resolution that would nullify the Federal
The vote of the Communications Commission to repeal its network neutrality
- That number is important, because 30 senators are
necessary to force a floor vote on the resolution.
- The resolution has no republican sponsor,
making the passage doubtful, but a vote on the floor could force
Republican senators to publicly support the FCC excessively
The effort to reverse the Federal Communications Commission
the recent repeal of its network neutrality rules has just crossed a
Thirty senators have signed to co-sponsor a resolution that
would repeal the repeal, Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey
announced on Monday on Twitter .
That number is important, because it is the exact number of
senators that would be necessary to essentially force a vote in the
the movement of the FCC.
In his tweet, Markey called reaching the plateau of the 30 senators "a
great step towards the restoration of a free and open Internet ".
Last month, the FCC
voted along party lines to eliminate its net neutrality 2015
rules. Those rules, which limited a decade-long process by the
agency to try to ensure the neutrality of the network, banned broadband
service providers blocking, slowing down or providing preferred
access to particular sites or online services.
Without these effective rules, suppliers will be free to block
customers access competing services, for example, or slow down their
access to Netflix, as long as they tell customers what they are
doing – although it is assumed that the Federal Trade Commission must maintain
Care or severely anti-competitive movements.
Claire McCaskill of Missouri is the last senator to sign up for
the effort to annul, according to Free Press, a
consumer rights group that supports network neutrality rules
FCC voted to repeal. The sponsors of the resolution include 29
Democrats and Bernie Sanders, an independent who votes with the
The resolution was drafted under Review of the Congress
Law that grants Congress the authority to revoke new
regulations issued by federal agencies by simple majority vote
of both houses. Previously a little used law, dark, the CRA
was used many times by Congress last year to revoke
regulations issued in the last days of Obama
There are much bigger challenges ahead to reverse the FCC
Although the Democrats now have the votes to force the resolution of
a vote in the Senate, have much more pronounced barriers to obtain
promulgated The fact that no Republican has signed on
resolution probably means that he would be defeated in a voting on the floor.
Even if it could be approved by both houses of Congress, it is
the likely president Donald Trump would be with Ajit Pai, the
The FCC president whom he appointed and who led the effort to repeal
network neutrality rules, and veto the resolution.
Still, Free Press and others are moving forward, noting that the
Net neutrality rules are widely popular. A University of Maryland
survey found last month that they were supported by 83% of Americans,
including 75% of Republicans. By forcing a vote on the floor above
resolution to nullify the repeal, supporters of net neutrality
could make the republican legislators in the registry on whether
support the neutrality of the network or not, something that could be used as
campaign theme in the midterm elections this fall.
"Supporting the neutrality of the network should be a no-brainer for the members of
Congress, whose constituents across the political spectrum
are united in their opposition to the Trump FCC attack in the
Open Internet, policy of the Action Fund "Matt Wood, Free Press"
director, he said in a statement.
He continued: "Regardless of party affiliation, all elected
officials must be with their constituents and restore the
2015 protections that protect freedom of expression, choice and innovation
The FCC's move to repeal its network neutrality rules has been
harshly criticized not only by consumer groups, including the
Press, but it has also led to threats against Pai and the agencies.
McCaskill's decision to co-sponsor Markey's resolution comes days
retired from a planned appearance in this week's CES technology
Industry Convention after
allegedly receiving death threats . Pai's move got up
eyebrows, because the current or incoming president of the FCC has spoken
every year since 2009, and it is likely that he has been placed in the
detect the derogation of net neutrality.
The Senator's movement also comes as a separate effort to overturn
the derogation of the neutrality of the FCC network is gaining momentum. On Friday,
the Internet Association, a business group that represents online
companies like Facebook and Google, said it
plans to sign on an expected claim that will seek
block the repeal in the courts. Online giants took few
steps to oppose the repeal of the FCC in the days leading up to the
The FCC vote last month.