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Democrats Introduced Legislation To Kill The Net Neutrality Repeal

Congress had 60 legislative days from Thursday to overturn the FCC's repeal.
Posted at 5:17 PM, Feb 27, 2018

Democrats have successfully introduced a bill to roll back the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality rules.

Net neutrality protections were passed under the Obama administration in 2015. They were meant to keep broadband companies from blocking or slowing down certain websites and charging companies to access "fast lanes." 

Supporters like Google and Facebook say these rules are necessary to keep the internet fair, free and open. But many Republicans and big broadband companies like AT&T say they're too restrictive.

Democratic Sen. Ed Markey led the effort using a legislative tool called the Congressional Review Act. Congress had 60 legislative days from Thursday, the day the FCC's new rules appeared in the Federal Register, to roll back the repeal. 

The FCC voted for that repeal back in December. Since then, more than half of the states in the U.S. have introduced bills requiring the rules be upheld in their states.