Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

State legislators in Nebraska and California are introducing net neutrality laws

State legislators in Nebraska and California are introducing net neutrality laws

With Republicans in control of both the House and Senate, the bill faces long odds to win the simple majorities it needs to reach the president's desk.

The Internet Association, comprised of Facebook, Google, Amazon, Twitter, Netflix and other large tech firms, said on january 5 that it plans to join the looming legal fight against the Federal Communications Commission over its repeal of so-called net neutrality rules, according to the New York Times.

Critics fear the decision to repeal the rules, which require that all internet traffic be treated equally, opens the door for internet service providers (ISPs) to "slow down" or "speed up" certain internet traffic.

"Millions of people from across the political spectrum fought hard to win the Title II net neutrality protections that the FCC just callously slashed at the behest of telecom lobbyists", Greer said in a statement. At a conference previous year in California, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said while net neutrality is "incredibly important", it's no longer "narrowly important to us because we're big enough to get the deals we want". "[FCC Chairman] Ajit Pai has awakened the public, now Net Neutrality is a kitchen-table issue, and the outcry is only going to get louder". If 30 senators call for a CRA, they can make the entire Senate vote on it. Claire McCaskill became the 30th senator to get behind Markey's move. The sponsors for the resolution include 29 Democrats and Bernie Sanders, an independent who votes with the Democrats.

Despite the apparent public sentiment in favor of net neutrality, observers doubt whether the Republican-controlled Congress will pass Markey's bill.

The repeal of net neutrality could destroy the existing free internet in the we know it. None of them are Republicans.

In California, the Courage Campaign is waging a similar battle, urging the California state legislature to restore net neutrality.

Lawsuits seeking to block the FCC's new policy, which was approved in December 2017, are anticipated in the coming weeks, once the rules take effect.

He continued: "Regardless of party affiliation, all elected officials should stand with their constituents and restore the 2015 protections that protect free speech, choice and innovation online".

Passage of a CRA would "repeal Pai's repeal", explains Dana Floberg of Free Press, which would leave the web "right back where [it] started-with strong net neutrality rules".

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