At the end of last week, the FCC released the final order to roll back 2015’s Net Neutrality rules. The 539-page order has few changes from the draft first circulated in November and voted on along party lines by the Republican-controlled commission on December 14. ALA is working with allies to encourage Congress to overturn the FCC’s egregious action.
Procedurally, we are still waiting for the order to appear in the Federal Register and to also be delivered to Congress. These actions will kick off timing for members of Congress to have their shot at stopping the FCC. Right after the vote, members of Congress announced their intent to attempt to nullify the FCC’s actions. The Congressional Review Act (CRA) gives Congress the ability and authority to do this; the CRA allows Congress to review a new agency regulation (in this case, Pai’s “Restoring Internet Freedom” order) and pass a Joint Resolution of Disapproval to overrule it. This would repeal last weeks FCC order, restoring the 2015 Open Internet Order and keeping net neutrality protections in place, and the internet working the way it does now. This Congressional action would be subject to Presidential approval.
Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) is leading the charge and has announced his intention to introduce a resolution to overturn the FCC’s decision using the authority granted by the CRA. Democratic leadership in both Houses have urged their colleagues to support and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has just tweeted that she will be the 30th Senator to sign on to the effort.
We will continue to update you on the activities and other developments as we continue to work to preserve a neutral internet. For now, you can email your members of Congress today and ask them to support the CRA to repeal the recent FCC action and restore the 2015 Open Internet Order protections.
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