Now that the FCC has finally made public all 539 pages (pdf) of chairman Ajit Pai’s order to repeal net neutrality, defenders of the open internet are warning that the time has come for members of Congress to make a choice—either side with the American public and take action to stop Pai’s attack on net neutrality, or be voted out of office.
“Are they going to ignore overwhelming public opinion during a tight election year and rubber stamp these 500+ pages of blatant, stinking corruption?” Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future said in a statement on Thursday. “Or will they listen to their constituents, small businesses, free speech advocates, and tech experts and support a Congressional Review Act (CRA) vote to overturn the FCC’s repeal and restore net neutrality protections that keep the web free from censorship, throttling, and new fees?”
As of this writing on Friday, 29 senators—28 Democrats and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)—have signed on to Sen. Ed Markey’s (D-Mass.) effort to undo the Republican-controlled FCC’s December vote to kill net neutrality by introducing a “resolution of disapproval” that would, if passed, restore the 2015 net neutrality protections that are currently being scrapped.
Nineteen Senate Democrats—as well as Sen. Angus King (I-Maine)—have yet to announce their support for Markey’s resolution (see list below). A minimum of 30 votes are needed to bring the resolution to the Senate floor.
In an email on Friday, Greer noted that the “FCC’s official release of the final text [of Pai’s proposals] starts the clock for the order to be entered into the Federal Register.”
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