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UPDATE: 50 Senators support CRA to restore Net Neutrality

Senate legislation to restore 2015’s strong, enforceable net neutrality rules now has the bipartisan support from 50 of 100 senators and would be assured of passage if just one more Republican backs the effort. The bill is a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution from Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), which would block the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) December repeal of net neutrality rules.

The measure is backed by all 49 members of the Senate Democratic caucus, including 47 Democrats and two independents who caucus with Democrats. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) is the only Republican to support the bill so far, and supporters are trying to secure one more Republican vote. A successful CRA vote, in this case, would invalidate the FCC’s net neutrality repeal and prevent the FCC from issuing a similar repeal in the future. But the Senate action needs a counterpart in the House, and this Congressional action would be subject to Presidential approval.

ALA is working with allies to encourage Congress to overturn the FCC’s egregious action. Email your members of Congress today and ask them to use a Joint Resolution of Disapproval under the CRA to repeal the December 2017 FCC action and restore the 2015 Open Internet Order protections.

We will continue to update you on the activities above and other developments as we continue to work to preserve a neutral internet.

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Ellen Satterwhite

Ellen Satterwhite a Washington Office Policy Fellow and Vice President of the Glen Echo Group. She has years of experience at the intersection of technology and policy, including as a co-author of the FCC’s National Broadband Plan and as Consumer Policy Advisor to the Commission. Satterwhite earned a Master’s in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

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5 Comments

  1. […] The advocacy work is not done. At least one more Republican co-sponsor is needed in the Senate, there must be a bill in the House and the Congressional action would require the President’s approval. You can use Engage to contact your Representative in the House to let them know what they can do to support net neutrality. More details are available on the District Dispatch. […]

  2. […] recent days, there has been a flurry of activity on the issue of net neutrality. On Tuesday, we learned that 50 Senators have now committed to a bill under the 1996 Congressional Review Act that would block the Federal Communications Commission’s […]

  3. […] recent days, there has been a flurry of activity on the issue of net neutrality. On Tuesday, we learned that 50 Senators have now committed to a bill under the 1996 Congressional Review Act that would block the Federal Communications Commission’s […]

  4. Amy Phillips Amy Phillips

    The FCC decision was in December 2017, not 2018.

    ; )

  5. Emily Wagner Emily Wagner

    Thanks! Correction made.

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