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Dems Propose Bill to Reverse FCC Repeal of Net Neutrality

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By    |   Tuesday, 27 February 2018 04:23 PM

As Congressional Democrats introduced a resolution to reverse the FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., sent out a barrage of tweets urging citizens to pressure their representatives on the issue and giving numerous reasons why it is important to reinstate it.

The Democrats' attempt to reverse the FCC's December decision to repeal the Obama-era regulations is via the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to cancel out agency rules within 60 days of their publication by a simple majority vote, according to Politico.

They are currently one vote shy of the majority, as the only Republican supporting the measure so far is Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine.

Even if it does pass the Senate, however, it faces an uphill battle in the GOP-controlled House, and even if that is successful, President Donald Trump is unlikely to sign it.

As the Democrats fight to reverse the FCC decision, the new net neutrality rules – which will allow Internet service providers to block, throttle, or prioritize certain data – have still not started, The Verge reported.

As part of his party's efforts to keep the Internet rules as they were during the Obama years, Schumer wrote in Wired that "Just weeks after giving the wealthy and multinational corporations a massive tax break, Republicans are adding insult to injury by once again picking CEOs over citizens."

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Congressional Democrats introduced a resolution to reverse the FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules Tuesday and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., took to Twitter to rile up his followers on the issue.
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