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SEN. AMY KLOBUCHAR: Supporting a free and open internet

11 May 2018

Congress will vote to restore net neutrality next week. Originally, it was expected the rules would take effect in April, but the Office of Management and Budget needed additional time to vet the new regulations. They ignore the fact that the FCC already requires broadband providers to disclose their open internet practices and has returned authority to the Federal Trade Commission to police any deceptive or unfair practices of ISPs.

In a post on Twitter, the UK's Tim Berners-Lee made an impassioned plea for net neutrality, highlighting an upcoming vote in Congress that could decide the future of the Internet in the US.

"For months, many politicians and special interests have tried to mislead the American people about the Restoring Internet Freedom Order", Pai said.

Markey (D-Mass.) filed a discharge petition to force the Senate to vote on a Congressional Review Act resolution to reinstate the agency's net neutrality rules.

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Efforts to reverse the Trump administration's repeal of net neutrality are gaining steam.

Numerous popular websites are on Red Alert as the nation has brought up the campaign to save net neutrality rules under Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai. Susan Collins of ME is the only Republican who supports it, but that "there are a number of Republican senators who have shown an openness to potentially voting yes".

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They said Democrats might be able to sneak the reinstatement measure through the Senate because of McCain's absence, but it will never pass the Republican-controlled House and get signed by President Donald Trump.

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Minnesotans in rural communities across our state are at risk of losing their access to a free and open internet. Net neutrality is a principle that is at the heart of an accessible and free internet, and I believe we need to protect innovators, entrepreneurs and consumers and keep the internet open for everyone.

The new timeline comes as net neutrality advocates make a last ditch effort to undo the repeal.

Repealing net neutrality would hurt co-working space clients including small businesses trying to innovate in technology markets and nonprofits seeking social reforms, according to the founders' letter. The 2015 regulations bar internet providers from controlling internet speeds, among other things.

But the bill would also have to pass the GOP-led House and could be vetoed by the president - and it would take a two-thirds vote in both chambers to overcome that. "There's no more pretending to be for Net Neutrality or proposing fake compromises".

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SEN. AMY KLOBUCHAR: Supporting a free and open internet