SACRAMENTO – California Senate Leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), along with 22 Senate co-authors, have introduced Senate Resolution 74, formally endorsing an effort in the U.S. Senate to restore federal net neutrality protections. Next week, companion legislation to preserve net neutrality in California, SB 460, will be up for a vote on the state Senate floor.
“Americans of every political persuasion across the nation rely on a free and open internet,” Senate leader Kevin de León said. “SR 74 makes clear that we support any and all efforts to restore these critical protections for consumers and businesses alike.”
“Net neutrality is essential to our 21st century democracy. We need to attempt any and all solutions to protecting an open internet, whether that is through Congressional action, in the courts, or on a state by state level. We can — and we will — restore net neutrality,” Senator Wiener said.
U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass) and colleagues in both chambers of Congress are gathering support for a Resolution of Disapproval, under the Congressional Review Act, to nullify the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) recent decision to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order. If passed by both houses, this measure would reinstate the net neutrality protections adopted under the Obama Administration.
The measure by Senator Markey currently has 50 Senate co-sponsors, including Republican Susan Collins of Maine, and needs only one additional supporter to pass out of the chamber on a floor vote.