The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has filed an order to remove net neutrality protections in the US. Originally passed in a 3-2 vote last December, the filing of the order in the Federal Register gives Congress a two-month window to prevent the repeal from going into effect.
In the coming days, advocacy groups and US states will file lawsuits to overturn the repeal. Meanwhile, members of Congress have 60-legislative days to file a Congressional Review Act (CRA) that would reverse the FCC’s order. The CRA already has the support of 50 Senators, needing just one more vote to move to the House.
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Polling shows that net neutrality has overwhelming support among US voters across the political divide. 83 percent favour keeping existing protections, including 75 percent of Republicans, 89 percent of Democrats and 86 percent of independents.
Like most people, the Web Foundation believes that net neutrality is fundamental to a free and open web and we support all efforts to preserve robust and enforceable protections, including preventing internet providers from engaging in blocking, throttling and paid prioritisation.
Adrian Lovett, our President & CEO said:
“The real fight to save net neutrality begins today. This is not a partisan battle — it’s a battle to save an internet that works for everyone. An internet that promotes free speech, protects access to information and fosters innovation and enterprise. Let’s show that the voices of millions of people are worth more than the handshakes of corporate lobbyists. It’s time for members of Congress to listen to their constituents and protect net neutrality. In this election year, if voters speak loudly enough, their voices will be heard.”