Reports indicate that Mike Coffman (R-CO) will sign the Congressional Review Act resolution’s discharge petition today to restore the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules. Rep. Coffman will be the first House Republican to sign the discharge petition to force a vote on the CRA resolution to restore net neutrality. Rep. Coffman also introduced a bill that would restore the FCC’s 2015 net neutrality rules as well as the agency’s authority over broadband.
Yesterday, President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Public Knowledge finds this nomination extremely troubling for the future of consumer protection and competition law based on Judge Kavanaugh’s extremely expansive view of corporate speech rights and expressed antipathy to economic regulation.
This week, Public Knowledge leads a group of public interest and racial justice allies in welcoming net neutrality advocates from across the United States to Washington, D.C. for a “Day of Advocacy.” Volunteers plan to express how important net neutrality is to their lives, schools, and businesses and why Congress should support the Congressional Review Act resolution to reinstate the FCC’s strong net neutrality rules. More than 50 participants volunteered to share their stories in scheduled meetings with their representatives on Capitol Hill.
Today, June 11, marks the end of the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules. The agency created the rules in its landmark 2015 Open Internet Order, which prevented internet service providers from blocking websites, throttling connection speeds, or engaging in paid prioritization schemes to charge for “fast lane” access. The FCC, led by Chairman Ajit Pai, voted to repeal the rules in December 2017, ignoring millions of Americans who urged the agency to put people first by keeping the rules.
Today, the United States Senate voted to pass a Congressional Review Act resolution to reinstate the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules. If passed by the House and signed by President Trump, the CRA would roll back the agency’s 2017 vote to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order. The D.C. Circuit Court upheld the FCC’s Open Internet Order not just once, but twice.