Democrats lay out plans to save net neutrality


An effort by senators to overturn the Federal Communications Commission‘s (FCC) decision to rescind net neutrality rules now has 40 cosigners, lawmakers said on Tuesday.

Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) said 40 senators have signed on to an effort to overturn the FCC’s decision through a Resolution of Disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA).

The number of cosigners jumped from 30 on Monday, the threshold needed to force a vote. In order to overturn the FCC’s net neutrality decision, a majority of senators and members of the House of Representatives will need to vote in favor of the resolution. President Donald Trump would also need to sign the resolution into law.

“There will be a vote on the floor of the United States Senate… on restoring the net neutrality rules,” Markey said, later adding: “There will be a political price to pay for those who are on the wrong side of history.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) echoed Markey and said net neutrality will be a campaign issue moving forward.

The FCC voted 3 to 2, down party lines, to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order—which ensured net neutrality, or the principle that all internet traffic needs to be treated equally—in early December.

Several other senators including Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-O.R), and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) also spoke during the press conference on Tuesday.

You can watch the press conference here.

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