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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

By a narrow 52 – 47 margin, US senators on Wednesday voted to overturn the FCC’s Orwellian Restoring Internet Freedom Order – aimed at abolishing Internet digital democracy, giving predatory telecom and cable giants control over a vital public resource.

All undemocratic Dems voted to restore Net Neutrality, along with GOP Senators Susan Collins, John Kennedy, and Lisa Murkowski.

The 1996 Congressional Review Act (CRA) empowers Congress to review new regulations issued by federal agencies – enabling a House and Senate majority to rescind them.

If repealed, regulations can’t be reinstated in substantially the same form “unless the reissued or new rule is specifically authorized by a law enacted after the date of the joint resolution disapproving the original rule” – 5 US Code § 801(b)(2).

The battle in the House remains daunting with support so far way less than a majority to overturn the FCC’s ruling – to take effect on June 11 if not rescinded.

Achieving it requires unanimous Dem support along with 22 Republicans. The final hurdle is avoiding a likely Trump veto if things go this far.

Yesterday’s Senate vote got scant scoundrel media coverage. Fox News and MSNBC briefly mentioned it, nothing from CNN.

The NYT covered the vote, nothing from WaPo and most other major broadsheets. A Wall Street Journal editorial before Senate action headlined “A Phony Vote on ‘Net Neutrality’ “ – calling it “anti-Trump ‘resistance…’ “

Overturning the FCC’s ruling remains an uphill struggle, Trump likely an insurmountable hurdle to overcome.

Whatever happens now, the struggle for digital democracy isn’t over. If defeated now, Congress can address the issue legislatively next year or in future years.

Net Neutrality is the last frontier of free and open expression, the most fundamental of rights essential to preserve – not easily achieved in a tyrannical nation at war on freedoms, destroying them with little public attention.

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Stephen Lendman
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.