Washington Legislature passes net-neutrality bill

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While the Federal Register suggested that some of the rules would go into effect April 23, leading to reports of a hard date, an FCC spokesman clarified nothing of substance was taking effect until after OMB publication.

Markey and his 49 Senate co-sponsors hope that the 60-day window will be enough time to prevent a tiebreaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence.

Still, net neutrality advocates have good reason to be optimistic.

Net neutrality is the principle that ISPs - like Comcast and Verizon - should treat all internet content equally, even though it can be manipulated for business advantage or monetary gain.

Net neutrality is essential to our 21st century democracy, and we need to ensure people can access websites and information freely and fairly.

Nicole Livingston, of Coxsackie, already pays $50 a month for internet service and does not want to pay extra to get access to all the sites she uses.

"That means that now is the moment to #SavetheInternet", wrote Schumer. For net neutrality boosters, that may be the next best thing. The FCC's new rule would let big corporations restrict how consumers access their favorite websites by forcing them to buy internet access in packages, paying more for "premium" service, as with cable television.

Democratic Sen. Ed Markey speaks at a news conference on net neutrality at the US Capitol
Democratic Sen. Ed Markey speaks at a news conference on net neutrality at the US Capitol. Win McNamee Getty Images

"Small businesses and consumers will be the biggest losers as a result of the FCC's damaging discarding of net neutrality rules", Duff said. The order repealed Obama-era rules that kept internet providers from throttling speeds and creating internet "fast lanes". Over half of USA states have some type of net neutrality bill now moving through their chambers.

In a blog post published Tuesday, AT&T Senior Vice President Bob Quinn laid out the company's concept for internet services that will charge an additional fee for improved services while maintaining a promise not to infringe upon the average consumer's internet experience.

The FCC approved the "Restoring Internet Freedom" proposal, which called for repealing Obama-era standards that subjected internet providers to Title II utility-style regulations, on a 3-to-2 vote during its December 14 open meeting. His point was that once the rules went into effect, they could have the opposite outcome of what their proponents intended.

The Star Wars quote-off continued when a Fight for the Future representative chimed in.

Pai has argued the prevailing "heavy handed" rules have stymied investment, and that tech innovation flourished prior to the 2015 regulations. Brown has previously shown support for net neutrality.

"When we take this vote on the Senate floor, every one of my colleagues will have to answer this question: Whose side are you on?"

If the FCC won't stand up for a free and open internet, California will.