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Senator Claire McCaskill (D) [2017 file photo].

Today, from Senator Claire McCaskill (D), via Twitter:

Claire McCaskill‏ @clairecmc
30 is the magic number of cosponsors needed to get a #NetNeutrality vote in the full Senate.

Proud to be that 30th cosponsor of @SenMarkey bill to restore free and open internet.
11:36 AM – 8 Jan 2018

Uh, yep. Not that there was any doubt.

A press release from Senator McCaskill’s office:

On Net Neutrality, McCaskill Joins as Key Backer of Effort to Restore Consumer Safeguards
Senator is critical 30th co-sponsor of legislation to restore consumer internet safeguards, giving the proposal the necessary support to force a vote on the Senate floor
Monday, January 8, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today joined as a key backer of legislative efforts to restore net neutrality rules—becoming the 30th co-sponsor of a proposal to maintain the consumer internet safeguards, giving the legislation the necessary number of co-sponsors to force a vote on the Senate floor.

Last month, highlighting the concerns of thousands of Missourians who submitted public comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the thousands more who contacted her office directly, McCaskill urged the agency to keep its current net neutrality rules in place and scrap efforts to eliminate them.

“What I’ve heard from the thousands of Missourians who’ve contacted my office is simple—consumers should have protected, free, and open access to the online content of their choosing,” McCaskill said. “The best way to ensure that access isn’t to eliminate those consumer protections in one fell swoop, but reach a bipartisan agreement that’ll finally give certainty to consumers and providers alike. Until Congress does that, this bill will simply revert to the previous consumer protections that have been upheld by the courts.”

McCaskill’s December letter to the FCC also cited her bipartisan investigation with Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio into the customer service and billing practices of the nation’s largest cable and satellite providers, most of which are also among the nation’s largest providers of broadband service. The Senators’ investigation found that providers charged a host of fees not prominently displayed in advertised pricing, required customers wishing to cancel their service to speak to “retention specialists” who were incentivized to not allow cancellations, and sometimes overcharged consumers nationwide by millions of dollars. McCaskill expressed concerns that the changes to net neutrality rules would eliminate the FCC’s ability to adopt truth in billing rules for broadband that currently exist for cable and phone companies.

McCaskill has urged the Federal Communications Commission to protect consumers on a variety of issues—fighting to protect consumers from unwanted robocalls by urging the Commission to do more to implement robocall-blocking technologies, and urging action to prevent fraud in Lifeline, a program that provides subsidized telephone service to low-income Americans, but has been a target for abuse.

You hear a lot when you hold fifty open public town halls across the state in one year. Right, Josh?