Massachusetts Democratic Sen. John Kerry sent a letter Friday to colleagues in the Senate rallying support against the Republican-sponsored Resolution of Disapproval to overturn the FCC’s net neutrality regulations.
“The Senate will consider a Congressional Review Act proposal to overturn the Open Internet protections that the Federal Communications Commission put into place last year,” wrote Kerry.
The FCC passed the rules in a party-line vote in December 2010 to regulate Internet Service Providers. If the vote is not passed in the Senate to overturn the rules, they are set to take effect on November 20.
Kerry urged colleagues to vote against the legislation, claiming that “if the effort is successful, it will stifle innovation and discourage investment in the next potential Google or Amazon.”
“It will set the precedent that this Congress is prepared to deny independent regulators their ability to execute the law,” said Kerry. “That would put at risk health and safety rules, environmental protections, workers rights and every other public protection that our agencies enforce that some in Congress do not like.”