By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 5-2-17
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and some prominent Senate Republicans have introduced a bill, the Restoring Internet Freedom Act, that would nullify the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet order and prevent the FCC from issuing similar rules in the future.
If that sounds familiar, it’s because it would mirror the Congressional Review Act resolutions Republicans have been using to roll back regs adopted late in the Obama era. The Open Internet order is too old to be rolled back using the CRA.
Co-sponsors of the bill are Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), and James Inhofe (R-Okla.).
FCC chairman Ajit Pai plans a vote May 18 on his own effort to roll back Title II classification of ISPs but has also signaled he would welcome a congressional effort to clarify the issue. » Read More