Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
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Senate Votes to Halt the Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules

Senate Votes to Halt the Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules

While Collins' support had been public leading up to the vote, Murkowski's and Kennedy's "yes" vote came as a surprise to some.

Adopted in December of 2017, the FCC says the rollback of net neutrality rules is set to take effect next month. Ajit Pai, the new chairman appointed by President Donald Trump, made clear that he opposed them and would seek to eliminate them when he took over as the FCC's head.

Under the original net neutrality rule, internet service providers were also banned from providing faster internet access and preferred services to companies for extra fees - so called "fast lanes". And they've been pushing measures in the states that would offer net-neutrality protections within their borders.

"If farmers, who are operating on pretty small margins, now have to pay even more to get the kind of speed on the Internet that they need to be competitive, this could really be debilitating to them", Hassan said. The bill will now move to the House, where another majority vote is required, but Republicans have stronger control, with 235 members versus the Democrats' 193.

A CRA needs a simple majority during a full vote in both houses of Congress to pass.

Announcing that Democrats would force a vote on the repeal of net neutrality, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said in a statement, "Soon the American people will know which side their member of Congress is on: fighting for big corporations and ISPs or defending small business owners, entrepreneurs, middle-class families, and everyday consumers".

However, net-neutrality supporters are also seeking to overturn the FCC's action in federal courts.


"The outcome of this Senate vote will impact the fight for Internet freedom for years to come", Greer wrote in a statement. Forty-seven senators - all Republicans - voted against it. Sen. They voted to uphold FCC broadband privacy regulations that Republicans repealed using the Congressional Review Act.

This issue doesn't cut along clean party lines, said Steven Kull, who runs the Program for Public Consultation at the University of Maryland and has studied public attitudes on net neutrality. We won't know until the vote later today, but signs are looking up for Obama's liberating online effort.

Ahead of the chamber's vote, Markey noted that his resolution had garnered support from all 47 chamber Democrats, independent U.S. Sens.

However, the vote may not be an even split.

Still, Democrats argued that net neutrality is needed to make sure that all internet content is treated equally.

So far, all 49 Democratic Senators and one Republican support the resolution to preserve the Obama-era net neutrality rules.

Equally as predictably, Commissioner JESSICA ROSENWORCEL took the opposite position from PAI, with a statement reading "Today the UNITED STATES Senate took a big step to fix the serious mess the FCC made when it rolled back net neutrality late previous year". The resolution will seek to overturn a rule voted in by the FCC in December that eliminated most of its net neutrality regulations. In their place are requirements that companies disclose how they handle data flows.

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