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.
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DeGette and others will introduce the resolution in January. "She's heard a lot from her constituents" about the FCC's decision, Weil says.
“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."
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Pai's FCC repealed it on December 14.