The Federal Communications Commission's decision to repeal net neutrality has been met with protests around the country, including a march in Denver on Wednesday, December 20. And some politicos are in the thick of the fight.
Congresswoman Diana DeGette has joined a congressional effort to reverse the FCC decision through a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act of 1996. Like a bill, such a resolution must be approved by a majority in the House and Senate and then must either be signed by the president or approved by a two-thirds majority to bypass his signature. "The Republican majority in the House did a lot of that in the beginning of the year" to reverse Obama-administration decisions, notes Lynne Weil, a spokewoman for DeGette.
DeGette and others will introduce the resolution in January. "She's heard a lot from her constituents" about the FCC's decision, Weil says.
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“I have long supported net neutrality safeguards and have worked to prevent the FCC’s recent efforts to reverse them,” DeGette said in a statement. “Net neutrality is essential to promoting freedom of expression, competition and economic growth on the Internet. It creates a level playing field for consumers, innovators and small businesses. In ending the Open Internet Order, the FCC abdicated its responsibility to ensure that these values are safeguarded."
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Nearly 120 members of Congress, including DeGette, had sent a letter to FCC chairman Ajit Pai asking him to delay the net neutrality vote, which reversed Obama-era attempts to limit Internet providers from directing Internet traffic. "Today's FCC decision will protect innovation and create a level playing field for the next generation of entrepreneurs," President Barack Obama said after the FCC made that decision in February 2015.
Pai's FCC repealed it on December 14.