Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Senate Votes to Bring Back Net Neutrality Rules

Sammi Le Master helps to dismantle a large alarm clock display that reads Senate votes to save net neutrality rules; Tester votes yes, Daines no
| 17 May, 2018, 07:01

Accordingly, the vote will likely become a mid-term campaign issue for Democrats. Ed Markey, D-Mass., the lead sponsor instructed reporters final week throughout a information convention. "Republicans and Democrats alike should want to provide the small business community with the certainty that the Internet will remain an equal playing field". Pai said the his approach "will deliver better, faster, and cheaper Internet access and more broadband competition to the American people". The commission's repeal of net neutrality is set to take effect in a few weeks.

After the vote, a group of Democratic lawmakers from the House and Senate had a news conference praising the passage of the measure in the Senate.

In a rebuke to the Trump administration, the U.S. Senate approved a resolution on Wednesday that takes aim at blocking a wide-ranging move to deregulate Internet providers by the FCC previous year. "Speaker Ryan should listen".

While to some it seems like a long shot, advocates and supporters are relying on the majority of the American people across the political spectrum who support net neutrality.

In brief: The FCC's rollback struck a blow to 2015's "Open Internet" ruling, which classified broadband providers as "common carriers" - essentially making them public utilities. The measure will now go to the House, where it faces a tough road and the necessity of getting 25 Republicans to join all Congressional Democrats in voting for the bill.


However, Cruz maintained that net neutrality is predominantly only a big issue for "hardcore activists who hate the president", and he credited much of its widespread popularity to having a "clever name that sounds positive and beneficial". Instead of blocking the FCC's rule repeal, it suggested that policymakers work toward "bipartisan compromise legislation that will stand the test of time".

"Net Neutrality is like naming something fuzzy bunny rabbit".

While Collins' support had been public leading up to the vote, Murkowski's and Kennedy's "yes" votes came as a surprise to some. Without it, they said, consumers could end up paying higher prices for slower service or even be stopped from accessing some of their favorite websites or apps.

"I'm glad the states have been able to talk some sense into politicians in Washington, D.C. and am pleased at the Senate's step in the right direction today", Bullock said in a press release. Mississippi Republican Roger Wicker argued that net neutrality resulted in heavy-handed government regulation that stifled innovation. "Well, some on the other side of the aisle reached the cynical conclusion that exploiting concern about the internet outweighed the value of working with Republicans to pass net neutrality protections". In fact, Mr. Schumer suggests the Internet might be "free [] like our highways".

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