Democratic-Led States Go to Court to Reinstate Net Neutrality

Net neutrality advocates look to states after FCC repeal

The law enforcement officials write that the FCC's repeal should be invalidated for several reasons, including that it was "arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion", and that it violates the Communications Act.

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Democrats looking to override the Federal Communications Commission's December 14 decision to repeal net neutrality rules say that they have locked down 50 votes in the Senate.

While the idea of securing a single additional vote might sound encouraging, the Congressional Review Act states that after an independent agency (such as the FCC) makes a decision, lawmakers have 60 days to override it. "However, in repealing the net neutrality rules, the FCC ignored consumers' strong support for a free and open internet". Edward Markey's office said.

Attorneys general from 20 other states and the District of Columbia joined in the legal challenge. The killing of net neutrality is an anti-free market maneuver that is meant to give control of the internet to large corporate Internet Service Providers.

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Senate Democrats announced today that the legislation to overturn the FCC's recent vote to repeal the net neutrality rule now has the support of all 49 Democrats in the United States Senate.

But Democrats still need one more Republican to get past Vice President Mike Pence's tie-breaking vote, and it's not clear who that would be. "There's overwhelming public support for preserving net neutrality, so it's no surprise that there's strong support in Congress as well".

Markey said Senate Democrats will spend the coming months building grassroots support for the effort - an issue which he noted millennials watching closely.

The death knell for the cherished principle of net neutrality sounded last month when U.S. regulators narrowly voted to roll back Title II protections.

Supporters of the proposal said it was needed to address the "heavy-handed, utility-style regulation on internet service providers" the commission imposed in 2015 - rules which they argued led to a drop in broadband investment and stifled innovation.

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