In largely symbolic vote, Senate rebukes FCC's net neutrality rollback

In largely symbolic vote, Senate rebukes FCC's net neutrality rollback

Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska were the other two Republicans voting "yes" on the measure, which passed the Senate 52-47.

But the resolution also requires passage by the Republican-controlled House and president Donald Trump's signature to be enacted - an unlikely outcome before the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality rules goes into effect next month.

"A free and open internet is essential to fostering innovation and education, and promoting civic engagement", Sen.

Thune, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation said he supports a ban on blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization of internet traffic, but reverting to the antiquated laws as Democrats want "only delays concrete protections for a free and open internet".

Republicans in Washington largely support the FCC's policy change, arguing the net neutrality rules subjected internet service providers to burdensome regulations.

Don't expect the House to go along with the Senate on this.

"It's very hard to say the public should trust their ISPs not to violate net neutrality principles, as they actually have a history of doing so even when the FCC had rules against it", Trendacosta said Wednesday.

We're doing that because we want to protect what are those strong economies from the artificial slowing down of the internet.

In December 2017, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order, which the D.C. Circuit Court had upheld in 2016.

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Supporters of net neutrality have pointed out, however, that without the Obama administration rules, internet providers could easily create online "fast lanes" that privileged whatever content the company prefers and "slow lanes" for everything else.

Assuming a Congressional overhaul of the Order is unsuccessful, the FCC will officially roll back net neutrality rules on June 11.

Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Rep. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., right, and other Democratic congressmen, speak at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday after the Senate passes a resolution to reverse the FCC decision to end net neutrality.

However, Kennedy was also skeptical of the prospects that net neutrality could cost Republicans in the fall elections.

Tech companies have been signaling that the repeal of net neutrality could lead to significant financial consequences.

Though it cleared the Senate, the Net Neutrality bill would need the support of 25 Republicans to be brought up for a vote in the House of Representatives.

"We're just going to keep operating as we have been", Nishi said.

"Every day somebody up here says that there's going to be a new issue that's going to be dispositive of how things will turn out in the midterms", the Louisiana senator said. "The prior Administration's regulatory overreach took us in the opposite direction, reducing investment in broadband networks and particularly harming small Internet service providers in rural and lower-income areas".

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