July 23, 2018

Report: “Senate Votes to Halt Repeal of Obama-Era Net Neutrality Rules”

From USA Today:

Senators voted 52 to 47, mostly along party lines, to stop the Federal Communications Commission from repealing the rules that were put in place three years ago under former President Barack Obama. The repeal is scheduled to take effect on June 11.

Three Republicans – Susan Collins of Maine, John Kennedy of Louisiana and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska – joined all 49 Democrats in voting to keep the regulations in place.

But their quest to retain the rules may be short-lived. The measure now goes to the House, where it’s not certain GOP leaders will be willing to take it up. Evenif the legislation clears Congress, it still would have to be signed into law by President Trump, who has been critical of net neutrality.

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From The Hill:

Democrats were able to force Wednesday’s vote using an obscure legislative tool known as the Congressional Review Act (CRA). CRA bills allow Congress, with a majority vote in each chamber and the president’s signature, to overturn recent agency moves.

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Democrats and net neutrality supporters are also trying to fight the FCC’s repeal order in court, though the legal battle is likely to drag on for months.

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See Also: Comments by Senators Re: Net Neutrality Made on Senate Floor (May 18, 2018)

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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