House Democrats are 46 signatures short in their bid to save net neutrality

Polycount

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Back in December, the FCC under Chairman Ajit Pai controversially voted to roll back Title II net neutrality protections. For the unaware, these protections prevented telecom companies from throttling your internet traffic or offering some websites paid prioritization over others.

However, Democrats weren't going to let net neutrality go without a fight. In May, the US Senate voted to overturn the FCC's decision by using the Congressional Review Act (CRA). This vote was seen as a significant victory by many net neutrality proponents.

Unfortunately for those individuals, the fight is far from over. The next step in the CRA is a forced Congress vote, which would require net neutrality supporters to gather 218 signatures on a "discharge petition." So far, they only have 172 signatures, all of which have come from Democrats.

That puts pro-net neutrality voters 46 signatures short of their goal. Even if they were to persuade the remaining Democrats -- of which there are 21 -- to vote in their favor, net neutrality supporters would still need an additional 25 Republicans to sign off on the discharge petition.

If that wasn't enough of a roadblock to the successful repeal of the FCC's December 14 vote, the CRA still requires approval from President Trump, who can veto the Act when it crosses his desk.

Even if the CRA fails, though, all is not lost. Individual states can always attempt to implement their own strong net neutrality protections, though they may face federal pressure in doing so.

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penn919

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Be prepared to pay more to your ISP for using Netflix.
But I don't use Netflix.
Completely missing the point!
Why would I pay more if I don't use Netflix?
It doesn't matter if you use netflix specifically. ANY streaming service that your ISP percieves as competition could be blocked, throttled, or placed behind a paywall. Why anyone would defend that is beyond me.
 

GeforcerFX

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It doesn't matter if you use netflix specifically. ANY streaming service that your ISP percieves as competition could be blocked, throttled, or placed behind a paywall. Why anyone would defend that is beyond me.
I consume around 4-5 GB of streamed media a month, so this has little to no effect on me or my internet usage.
 

MilwaukeeMike

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Even if they were to persuade the remaining Democrats -- of which there are 21 -- to vote in their favor, net neutrality supporters would still need an additional 25 Republicans to sign off on the discharge petition.
The dems know they won't get it overturned... that's not the point. They're doing it as a political stunt so they can call out anyone who doesn't sign it as being 'against NN' and for anyone who does sign it, they can say they stood up for a 'free internet.'

Politicians do this all the time... they spend half their time promoting stuff that'll never pass just so they can a) brag about how great they're doing (even though they're not getting anything completed) and b) rip on their opponents for being against something.
 
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