#Democrats Press Mitch McConnell To Take Up #NetNeutrality Bill

New York (The Verge) — Democrats press Mitch McConnell to take up net neutrality bill theverge.com/2019/6/11/1866….

In the months following that deadline, a number of network interference incidents have alarmed neutrality advocates. In August, Verizon slowed the Santa Clara fire department’s access during one of the most disastrous fires in California’s history. AT&T has given preferential treatment to its own streaming services.

On June 11th of last year, the Ajit Pai-led Federal Communications Commission’s rollback of the agency’s net neutrality rules finally took effect, clearing the way for internet service providers like AT&T and Verizon to throttle consumer access to the internet. In the months following that deadline, a number of network interference incidents have alarmed neutrality advocates. In August, Verizon slowed the Santa Clara fire department’s access during one of the most disastrous fires in California’s history. AT&T has given preferential treatment to its own streaming services and other telecom companies have throttled Netflix and YouTube access on consumer devices.

There have been a number of efforts to restore the rules and reinstate net neutrality. One ongoing lawsuit argues the FCC was unreasonable and capricious in repealing the rules, and hopes to reinstate the rules on those grounds. Congress has also proposed a number of measuresaimed at codifying net neutrality in law.

That’s why a group of Democrats took to the Senate floor today demanding that McConnell put the bill on the floor for a vote. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) noted that the Senate approved a measure nearly identical to the one in the House last year, but House rules only required a simple majority for approval. Makena Kelly/@verge

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