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Nebraska First Red State to Craft Net Neutrality Law

by Countable | 1.11.18

What’s the story?

Nebraska has joined California, Massachusetts, New York, and Washington in introducing legislation to uphold net neutrality rules.

Last month, the Federal Communications Commission voted to dismantle net neutrality regulations, allowing internet service providers (ISPs) to speed up – or slow down – access to apps and websites.

Why does it matter?

The 3-2 FCC vote was along party lines, with the committee’s three Republican members voting to dismantle net neutrality protections.

Nebraska is the first reliably red state to buck the GOP-led decision. The "Internet Neutrality Act," introduced by Democratic Sen. Adam Morfeld, would restore net neutrality rules at the state level, banning ISPs from “limiting or restricting access to web sites, applications, or content.”

Morfeld told the Lincoln Journal Star that the bill has support from across the political spectrum.

"I knew I was passionate about it, but I was shocked at the support I received from Republicans, from Democrats and Libertarians."

What do you think?

Do you want your state reps to introduce similar legislation? Or should they respect the federal mandate? Hit Take Action and let them know, then comment below.

—Josh Herman

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  • Donna
    01/11/2018
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    If the Congress of the US did their job, individual state laws would not be required. They could have stopped the vote in December, especially amid all the questions regarding the comment period, but chose to ignore the will of their constituents and let the FCC do whatever it wanted. In this case, what they wanted was to support big business over consumers, again. When is Colorado going to join in and support their residents over the greedy, corrupt, monopolistic ISPs and give us back our Net Neutrality protections?

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  • BeStrong
    01/11/2018
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    Net Neutrality is not a partisan issue. The Congress has not acted on behalf of the People but on behalf of lobbyists interests. Raise your voice. #NetNeutrality #Vote2018 #Vote2020

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  • Leo
    01/11/2018
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    Since the federal government has dropped the ball on net neutrality, it’s up to the states to step in.

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  • John
    01/11/2018
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    If the Fascist GOP/45 regime refuses to listen to the citizens then the citizens should urge the States to listen. Oh, and then, vote the GOP into oblivion!

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  • Norma
    01/12/2018
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    Net Neutrality must remain...or we will welcome tyranny.

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  • Lori
    01/12/2018
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    California, Massachusetts, New York, Washington and Nebraska have all introduced legislation to uphold net neutrality rules because they recognize that it is in the best interests of their citizens. Censorship of free speech and the access to it are un-American, in the image of places like North Korea. That corporations would be doing it, with the permission of the overly business-friendly GOP (especially after the high jacking of the public comment process by fake identities) is reassuring to no one. The result would be a stifling of new business startups who would not be able to compete giants like Amazon for access to potential customers. Small business is the engine that drives the US economy. The repeal of net neutrality rules is therefore bad for the economy. The return of it should not require a state-by-state effort. We need congress to step up for the American people and establish net neutrality in federal law.

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  • GatewayJohn
    01/12/2018
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    Go Cornhuskers

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  • Truly
    01/11/2018
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    Here’s a solution: stop voting for crooks and lock up the ones taking bribes to vote against the people’s interests.

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  • I.Got.an.Idea...
    01/11/2018
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    Interesting. I agree that Net Neutrality is not a partisan issue. I would like to point out that nearly 100% of every Liberal agenda item is not partisan as Liberals fight for ALL people equally and believe that All people are created equal. If we all believed that all people are equal, we may not have the partisan issues, the unethical, inhumane or moral issues.

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  • Johnny
    01/12/2018
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    This is a complete win for lobbyists and their pawns in Congress.

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  • Ann
    01/15/2018
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    If you Texas congressmen truly believe in states’ rights, please encourage reinstatement of net neutrality laws for Texas.

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  • Anne
    01/13/2018
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    Net Neutrality is important to us all. If the federal (GOP) government won’t do the right thing we need to look to the states to support and protect the America people! Way to go, Nebraska!!!

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  • S
    01/11/2018
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    Go states!!! States would do a better job of running the country.

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  • Dara
    01/12/2018
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    Yeah! Go states!

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  • Pam
    01/11/2018
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    Ending Net Neutrality was highly unpopular and voters will not forget that the GOP controlled FCC voted to eliminate it. We are hoping that either the states will ban together or that congress will pass a bill to keep Net Neutrality safe. We are keeping score and watching how our politicians are voting on this and other issues and will remind voters come election time.

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  • Shari
    01/12/2018
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    442,778. Net neutrality is an important part of a free society. If utilities are allowed to pick and choose sites, slow down or throttle, charge more for some sites then our content is being managed and filtered to what the company wants us to see or priced out of reach of some families. As elected MoC you are obligated to work for your constituents not your donors. Even though you received $442,778 in contributions from the industry PACs Senator Toomey you need to vote for your constituents.

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  • Nick-Papagiorgio
    01/12/2018
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    It is nice to see the States standing against the Fed. Ultimately nothing will come of it, but it is the right gesture.

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  • Andrew
    01/14/2018
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    The internet needs to have a base floor mps, but the true 4G speed achieved by other countries. Our 4G lte is not even true 3G speed.

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  • Michael n angie
    01/16/2018
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    READ, WEEP, PRINT AND KEEP! This should be on the front page of every newspaper. Charley Reese's Final column! A very interesting column. COMPLETELY NEUTRAL. Be sure to Read the Poem at the end.. Charley Reese's final column for the Orlando Sentinel... He has been a journalist for 49 years. He is retiring and this is HIS LAST COLUMN. Be sure to read the Tax List at the end. This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican or democrat. Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day. It's a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering! 545 vs. 300,000,000 People -By Charlie Reese Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them. Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits? Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes? You and I don't propose a federal budget. The President does. You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does. You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does. You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does. You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does. One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country. I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank. I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes. Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party. What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits.. ( The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.) The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House?( John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. ) If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to. [The House has passed a budget but the Senate has not approved a budget in over three years. The President's proposed budgets have gotten almost unanimous rejections in the Senate in that time. ] It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist. If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair. If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red. If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it's because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan .. If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way. There are no insoluble government problems. Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do. Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They, and they alone, have the power. They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses. Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees... We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess! Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper. What you do with this article now that you have read it... is up to you. This might be funny if it weren't so true. Be sure to read all the way to the end: Tax his land, Tax his bed, Tax the table, At which he's fed. Tax his tractor, Tax his mule, Teach him taxes Are the rule. Tax his work, Tax his pay, He works for peanuts anyway! Tax his cow, Tax his goat, Tax his pants, Tax his coat. Tax his ties, Tax his shirt, Tax his work, Tax his dirt. Tax his tobacco, Tax his drink, Tax him if he Tries to think. Tax his cigars, Tax his beers, If he cries Tax his tears. Tax his car, Tax his gas, Find other ways To tax his ass. Tax all he has Then let him know That you won't be done Till he has no dough. When he screams and hollers; Then tax him some more, Tax him till He's good and sore. Then tax his coffin, Tax his grave, Tax the sod in Which he's laid... Put these words Upon his tomb, 'Taxes drove me to my doom...' When he's gone, Do not relax, Its time to apply The inheritance tax. Accounts Receivable Tax Building Permit Tax CDL license Tax Cigarette Tax Corporate Income Tax Dog License Tax Excise Taxes Federal Income Tax Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA) Fishing License Tax Food License Tax Fuel Permit Tax Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon) Gross Receipts Tax Hunting License Tax Inheritance Tax Inventory Tax IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax) Liquor Tax Luxury Taxes Marriage License Tax Medicare Tax Personal Property Tax Property Tax Real Estate Tax Service Charge Tax Social Security Tax Road Usage Tax Recreational Vehicle Tax Sales Tax School Tax State Income Tax State Unemployment Tax (SUTA) Telephone Federal Excise Tax Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax Telephone State and Local Tax Telephone Usage Charge Tax Utility Taxes Vehicle License Registration Tax Vehicle Sales Tax Watercraft Registration Tax Well Permit Tax Workers Compensation Tax STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY? Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids. What in the heck happened? Can you spell 'politicians?' I hope this goes around THE USA at least 545 times!!! YOU can help it get there!!! GO AHEAD. . . BE AN AMERICAN!!! SEND THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW Like · · Share · 2 hours ago via mobile ·

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  • Jeanne
    01/11/2018
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    To quote Leo: “Since the federal government has dropped the ball on net neutrality, it’s up to the states to step in.”

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