Democrats were victorious in their final stand to save net neutrality. And you can thank a few Republicans who decided to switch sides. The clock has been ticking on net neutrality, with those rules set to expire next month. On Wednesday, the US Senate approved a resolution to turn back the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of the regulations. (You can find how to watch the coverage here.) Democrats are using the Congressional Review Act to try to halt the FCC’s December repeal of net neutrality. The law gives Congress 60 legislative days to undo regulations imposed by a federal agency. What’s needed to roll back the FCC action are simple majorities in both the House and Senate, as well as the president’s signature. So, yes, it remains an uphill battle. Sen. Ed Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts who’s leading the fight in the Senate to preserve the rules, last week filed a so-called discharge petition, a key step in this legislative effort. The net neutrality rules, passed in 2015 under President Barack Obama, prevent broadband and wireless companies from blocking or slowing internet traffic. The rules have become highly politicized, with Democrats in Congress and many internet companies, such as Google and… Read full this story
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