A group of senators has formally moved to repeal the derogation of network neutrality last year, now that the new FCC rules have been published in the Federal Register. Today, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) submitted a long-promised disapproval resolution under the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to break new rules with a simple majority vote. The bill currently has 50 supporters, which puts it to a majority vote.
The Senate Democrats have been seeking support for the CRA since last year, but the publication of the Federal Register initiates a countdown clock of 60 legislative days to vote on it. The bill goes first to the committee for consideration, but after 20 days, a group of 30 senators can force the Senate to put it on the calendar. Markey and his co-sponsors have more than enough supporters to force a vote this way, but to pass the resolution, they need to win over one more Republican, in addition to Sen. Susan Collins (Republican), who has already expressed support. for the movement.
Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called for more Republican support in a Wired editorial today. "Just weeks after granting wealthy and multinational corporations a massive tax exemption, Republicans are adding an insult to insult once again by choosing CEOs over citizens," he wrote.
Today, we officially present the CRA resolution, which would reverse the actions of @ FCC and restore #NetNeutrality. And when we take this vote in the Senate, each of my colleagues will have to answer this simple question: On what side are you? # OneMoreVote- Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) February 27, 2018
The CRA is a long-range legislative solution: if it passes through the Senate, it would have to approve the House of Representatives, where it has 150 of the 218 necessary votes. And President Donald Trump will probably veto the bill if it passes both chambers. But the neutrality groups in favor of the network still praise the play. The ACLU says it strongly supports an attempt to "undo the FCC's evisceration of our network neutrality protections" and Public Knowledge Vice President Chris Lewis says that "the CRA provides the quickest way to restore network neutrality rules that They are tremendously popular. "
The general public still expects that the new network neutrality rules, which allow Internet service providers to block, speed up or prioritize certain data, will take action. While some will officially go into effect on April 23, most are still awaiting approval from the Office of Management and Budget. But with the insurance companies that the derogation is on the horizon, we are already seeing the effects.