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  • Segami (6830 posts)
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    Senate VOTES to Advance Bill OVERTURNING FCC Repeal of Net Neutrality

     

    Senate VOTES to Advance Bill OVERTURNING FCC Repeal of  Net Neutrality

    Net neutrality bill clears procedural hurdle in Senate

    “..Soon, the American people will know which side their member of Congress is on: fighting for big corporations and ISPs or defending small business owners, entrepreneurs, middle-class families, and everyday consumers,” said Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)…”

     

     

    A bill that would protect the FCC’s net neutrality rules from being repealed passed a key procedural hurdle by a 52-47 vote, clearing the way for a final vote Wednesday afternoon.

    Three Republicans joined the 49 Democrats in voting to begin debate on the measure. Democrats are forcing the vote using a legislative tool called the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which allows Congress, with the president’s signature, to overturn recent decisions from federal agencies.

    The Republican-controlled FCC voted in December to repeal the rules, which require internet service providers to give equal footing to all web traffic. Democrats argue that scrapping the rules will give ISPs free reign to suppress certain content or promote sites that pay them.

     

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    http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/387946-net-neutrality-bill-clears-procedural-hurdle?amp&__twitter_impression=true

    Coldmountaintrail, Baba OhReally, Babel 17 and 8 othersjwirr, Punxsutawney, Doremus Jessup, davidthegnome, HomerRamone, closeupready, duckpin, djean111 like this

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  • Segami (6830 posts)
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    1. Schumer preaching the high-road Dem bullshit line about…

    “…which side their member of Congress is on: fighting for big corporations and ISPs or defending small business owners, entrepreneurs, middle-class families, and everyday consumers…”

     

    :rofl:

    Schumer preaching about defending “middle-class families & everyday consumers”….. :facepalm:

    • Doremus Jessup (3957 posts)
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      4. Chuckie NEVER mentions the poor.

      Never.

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  • davidthegnome (2565 posts)
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    2. Problem is…

    “Democrats are forcing the vote using a legislative tool called the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which allows Congress, with the president’s signature, to overturn recent decisions from federal agencies.”

    The Republican controlled congress will not be on our side in this, neither will Trump.  Either one will kill this legislative attempt.  While it certainly says something about those who vote against overturning… we need only look to the (very) few republicans who signed on to get an idea of what others will say/how they will vote.

    Glad they’re doing something, but… this battle, for now, I think is lost.  Perhaps there will be some kind of legislative effort after the 2018 elections to overturn the FCC repeal, but… for now?  All we can do is reveal those who DO NOT support free internet and/or free speech.  I guess it’s a start.

    “There is no distinctly native American criminal class save Congress.” - Mark Twain
    • Segami (6830 posts)
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      3. You may be right by a county-mile…..

      ….but even in the ashes of defeat, we may still find a positive gem to see justice serve the people in the end…

      “…All we can do is reveal those who DO NOT support free internet and/or free speech..”

      • Major Hogwash (3883 posts)
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        9. I agree, stir the ashes and see who really supports the people, or the . . .

        . . . corporate interests who want this bill to die.

        The number of telecom corporations went from 4 to 3 last week, with one of the big telecom companies buying up one of the other telecom companies.

        Newspeak can’t be far off in the future.

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    • Punxsutawney (2604 posts)
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      5. I agree

      But the silver lining is that they will be on record as opposing it. Internet access is something pretty much everyone deals with on a daily basis so if there are problems, it will be obvious. Not that I don’t think the propagandists won’t try to focus blame elsewhere, and may succeed, but at the very least it should be able to be used as a club against the pro-corporate politicians.

      To neoliberals, everyone and everything are disposable. -  Chris Hedges  “The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness" - J.K. Galbraith
    • closeupready (2442 posts)
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      6. What leads you to believe Trump will oppose net neutrality?

      If anything, I think he’d support it.  He’s not a typical Republican – he made his money before he entered political office, while the typical Republican makes money from doing legislative favors for big money donors.  Trump is not beholden to those interests, and I’d bet he likely would support net neutrality, even if it’s a Democratic initiative.

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      • davidthegnome (2565 posts)
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        7. Statements he has made

        Nothing so clear as saying “I want to repeal net neutrality”, but statements that imply that.  Some random, pretty stupid twitter comments.  I also think he really IS beholden to financial interests, most particularly his own business interests.  I don’t think it is coincidence, for example, that the recent tax scam greatly benefited him.

        He has also (as far as I know) never made a single statement in support of net neutrality.  If congress doesn’t kill it – he will, whatever financial interests he may or may not be beholden to, his closest advisors are very beholden to various political/financial agendas.

        “There is no distinctly native American criminal class save Congress.” - Mark Twain
      • JimLane (1861 posts)
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        8. I agree with davidthegnome, and I'll add Trump's appointment record

        The vote on the FCC was 3-2 along party lines.  Two Democratic commissioners voted to protect net neutrality.  Three Republican commissioners voted to end it.

        The FCC is one of those agencies where the statutory requirements lead to a 3-2 partisan split.  In 2017, Trump handed the FCC chairship to Ajit Pai, a former lawyer for Verizon (one of the companies that would make big bucks from an end to net neutrality).  Trump also replaced an outgoing Democratic commissioner with a Republican who had worked for Pai at the Commission and, before that, for a big corporate law firm whose website boasts of its “extensive experience representing international telecommunications service providers….”  Even someone of Trump’s limited intellect could figure out that these people would target net neutrality.

        I know some of you don’t want to hear this, but if Clinton had become President, the vote at the FCC would have been 3-2 the other way and we wouldn’t have this problem in the first place.

      • Coldmountaintrail (6426 posts)
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        10. he made 'his' money before he was born – or rather his dad did.

        the only money trump had came from daddy.