Effort to reinstate net neutrality

Effort to reinstate net neutrality

The Senate on Wednesday voted to reinstate the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) net neutrality rules, passing a bill that has little chance of advancing in the House but offers net neutrality supporters and Democrats a political rallying point for the midterm elections.

The net neutrality rules were enacted in 2015 to keep internet providers from slowing down or blocking content, as well as to prevent those providers from charging higher prices for faster service.

Democrats argued the new FCC rules give too much power to internet service providers, which they fear will throttle down speeds for some websites and services while ramping it up for others who pay more.

Two more Republicans, Alaska's Lisa Murowski and Louisiana's John Kennedy joined Maine's Susan Collins to vote aye on the measure, making the final tally 52-47.

"It's disappointing that Senate Democrats forced this resolution through by a narrow margin", Pai said in a statement.

The resolution's fate is uncertain in the House and it's unlikely to have President Donald Trump's support, the Washington Post reported.

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"When we talk about a free and open Internet, we mean it is free from corporate control", he said. The resolution now moves to the House.

Don't expect the House to go along with the Senate on this. And they can use the controversial decision to repeal the rules as a way to get out the vote in November. Chip Pickering, CEO of INCOMPAS and a former Republican Congressman from MS, said "This is a win for young Americans who want to start a business and consumers who have cut the cord and love the streaming revolution". They're going to be spending a lot of money. "The American people have spoken and the American people should listen". Charles Schumer (D-NY) said before the vote.

When the FCC repealed net neutrality they unleashed the fury of the Internet, and it led to a backlash unlike anything ever seen before. She is a cosponsor of legislation to reject the FCC's order to repeal net neutrality and said, "The Senate took an important step today to restore net neutrality protections and now it's time for the House of Representatives to act".

"We need to know whether our elected officials stand with the public in support of Net Neutrality or with greedy phone and cable companies that seek to sell off our online rights. Speaker Ryan should immediately bring forward our measure to ensure that the internet remains a level playing field for all Americans".

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misidentified Sen. "So what are they going to do?"

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