State legislators in Nebraska and California are introducing net neutrality laws


The U.S. Senate will hold a vote on net neutrality - albeit a symbolic one. Both the president and senior vice president of the association have backgrounds in policymaking.

Morfeld announced his intention to introduce the bill shortly after the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 along party lines to repeal the Obama-era regulations on December 14. Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democratic Party.

"Nothing in this part precludes a State from imposing requirements on a telecommunications carrier for intrastate services that are necessary to further competition in the provision of telephone exchange service or exchange access, as long as the State's requirements are not inconsistent with this part or the Commission's regulations to implement this part".

The resolution was drafted under the Congressional Review Act, which gives Congress the authority to overturn new regulations issued by federal agencies on a simple majority vote of both houses. Democrats are eager to make net neutrality a political issue, and they want Republicans on-record taking a stance they're convinced will be unpopular.

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A technology company trade group says it will be participating in looming lawsuits against the FCC for repealing net neutrality.

Still, Free Press and others are pushing forward, noting the widespread popularity of the net-neutrality rules. Hurdles will be thrown up everywhere. The same trend is now being witnessed in the United Kingdom, with the Brexit opposition throwing hurdles at every stage of the divorce negotiations. These are organizations which could cause some serious headaches considering many of them have the backing of the world's largest technology companies.

Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) announced that 30 senators have signed on to efforts to overturn the FCC's decision through a Resolution of Disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA). To do that, the bill will regulate business practices and use net neutrality as a condition in state contracts, cable franchise agreements and agreements that let companies place wireless broadband equipment on utility poles, his office said in a statement.

Last month's vote capped a heated partisan debate and is just the latest twist in a battle over more than a decade on rules governing internet service providers. The rules would allow Internet Service Providers to block online content, or charge websites for faster delivery to consumers, by rolling back the protections against such actions that were adopted in 2015. The sensible solution will be in the middle, but since when has politics ever been sensible.