Can California preserve net neutrality? Lawmakers pledge to try

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A Senate bill that would reverse the Federal Communications Commission's decision in December, received its 30th co-sponsor Monday, meaning that it will receive a vote, reports The Hill. Those rules, adopted in 2015 to cap a decade of the agency's efforts, barred broadband service providers from blocking, slowing, or providing preferred access to particular websites or services.

Claire McCaskill of Missouri is the latest senator to sign on to the nullification effort, according to Free Press, a consumer-rights group that supports the net-neutrality rules.

And if that was the end of the process, the resolution might have a chance of getting signed into law.

Net neutrality-the principal that Internet service providers must treat all data on the Internet equally and not block, throttle, or charge extra or access to it-has been vital to growth of the Internet. The sponsors for the resolution include 29 Democrats and Bernie Sanders, an independent who votes with the Democrats. The Congressional Review Act allows Congress to overturn recent federal regulations with a simple majority, and Republicans have previously used it to gut Obama-era environmental and consumer privacy protections.

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That said, there are several examples of cases where federal U.S. courts have ruled the FCC does not have the power to meddle in state affairs, though these are cases which only effect that state itself. "In the House, we'll need about 20 Republicans to listen to their constituents and vote for the CRA". As the FCC's ruling still is more than 60 days from being official, Senators seeking to overturn the controversial party-lines decision have gotten enough co-sponsors on a net neutrality restoration joint resolution to force a full Senate vote.

Still, Free Press and others are pushing forward, noting the widespread popularity of the net-neutrality rules. A University of Maryland poll last month found they were supported by 83% of Americans, including 75% of Republicans. But it appears that in this case, at least 30 Democrats are willing to use the trick to protect net neutrality.

The state-by-state legislation being introduced could become the subject of a second net neutrality-related lawsuit. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Aaron said, had "awakened the public".

Before this, a lot of the same big tech companies were fairly passive and inactive during the initial protests of the repeal. This repeal of the net neutrality rules will hurt us and many small businesses in Montana, let alone across the country.

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