The Congressional Review Act gives Congress the power to reverse that corrupt and illegitimate decision and restore the basic protections that enable free expression, creativity, and innovation online. "IA intends to act as an intervenor in judicial action against this order and, along with our member companies, will continue our push to restore strong, enforceable net neutrality protections through a legislative solution". "Any lawmaker foolish enough to be on the wrong side of history by voting against the free and open Internet will regret it come election day".
Republicans on the Federal Communications Commission established a new paradigm for internet service providers last month by opening the door for the companies to charge websites more for higher connection speeds.
Net neutrality advocates have hit an important milestone and are gaining ground in Congress. By forcing a floor vote on the resolution to nullify the repeal, supporters of net neutrality could make Republican legislators go on record about whether they support net neutrality or not, something that could be used as a campaign issue in this fall's mid-term elections. To do that, the bill will regulate business practices and use net neutrality as a condition in state contracts, cable franchise agreements and agreements that let companies place wireless broadband equipment on utility poles, his office said in a statement.
In another episode of the California vs. Donald Trump saga, Democratic state lawmakers are promoting legislation to preserve equal internet access in defiance of a recent federal ruling. Before the commission voted on the repeal, some of America's biggest tech companies, Facebook and Google in particular, took a back seat during public protests over the issue.
The state-by-state legislation being introduced could become the subject of a second net neutrality-related lawsuit.
States like California will play a huge role in protecting the open Internet in 2018. Given that Republicans have nearly unanimously supported the FCC's new rules, the prospects for the CRA are dim.
Last month, the FCC voted along party lines to eliminate its 2015 net neutrality rules.
Still, Free Press and others are pushing forward, noting that the net neutrality rules are widely popular. "We had to carry the water when we were growing up and we were small", Hastings said, "and now other companies need to be on that leading edge", stating also that "where net neutrality is really important is the Netflix of 10 years ago".