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By LTC Steven Howard, U.S. Army (Ret.)
At the beginning of May, all 49 Senate Democrats expressed support for a Congressional Review Act (CRA). The CRA aims to save net neutrality.
A CRA is a congressional tool that allows the legislative branch to reverse federal regulations with a simple majority vote. In a resolution introduced by Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass), the Federal Communications Commission’s 2017 vote to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order may be reversed.
In a statement, Sen. Markey said, “By passing my CRA resolution, we restore the rules that ensure Americans aren’t subject to higher prices, slower Internet traffic and even blocked websites because the big Internet service providers want to bloat their profits,” he added. “This upcoming Senate vote will be our opportunity to save net neutrality and deliver the digital future that Americans deserve.”
In addition to the Senate, the CRA would also need the support from the majority of House members, as well as the President’s signature before it can become law.
Net Neutrality Becoming Key Issue in Upcoming Midterm Elections
Regardless of the outcome, the move by Sen. Markey raises public awareness about the issue of net neutrality. Many Democrats are making net neutrality a key issue in this year’s midterm elections.
Despite the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality last year, this fight is far from over.