Twitter, Facebook, YouTube Support Bid to Restore Net Neutrality

  • Executives of web platforms say they back Democrat-led move
  • Democrats setting up showdown with GOP on net neutrality

Internet Assoc. CEO Sees Strong Case to Overturn Net Neutrality Ruling

Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc. and Google’s YouTube on Wednesday told lawmakers that they support a legislative effort to restore net neutrality rules wiped out by the Federal Communications Commission last month.

Executives appearing before the Senate Commerce Committee replied to Senator Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, who asked their position on his resolution to nullify the FCC’s action.

"Yes, sir, thank you for your leadership on this issue,” replied Carlos Monje, a director for Twitter. YouTube’s Juniper Downs, global head of public policy and government relations, said the platform “will support any effort” to put back in place the rules gutted by the FCC. Facebook’s Monika Bickert, head of global policy management, said she had the “same answer: We will support the CRA,” shorthand for the measure proposed by Markey that would use the Congressional Review Act.

Previously: Senate Democrats Set Up Showdown With GOP Over Net Neutrality

Markey’s measure is backed by all 49 senators who organize with the Democrats and one Republican, meaning it needs just one vote to assure Senate passage. He can’t introduce it until the new FCC rule, passed by agency Republicans without Democratic support, becomes official with publication in the Federal Register.

The odds are long that the measure would get though the Republican-majority House or avoid an almost certain veto by President Donald Trump, who backed the FCC’s move. But Democrats see political value in forcing the showdown.

In the meantime a legal battle has erupted, with 22 Democratic attorneys general asking a federal appeals court to reverse the FCC. California and New York are part of the effort.

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