US Senate Vote Saves Net Neutrality For Now

Senator Hassan speaks with Stonyfield employees about the negative impact that repealing net neutrality would have on rural businesses

Senator Hassan speaks with Stonyfield employees about the negative impact that repealing net neutrality would have on rural businesses

Lisa Murkowski of Alaska backed the measure to halt the repeal, according to CNN.

The net neutrality regulations, imposed on broadband companies such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast in 2015, banned the industry from blocking or slowing down websites.

"Today is a monumental day", said Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.)-who spearheaded the Senate CRA-had called "the most important week for the internet that the Senate has ever seen". "A vote against this resolution will be a vote to protect large corporations and special interests, leaving the American public to pay the price".

Critics of the FCC rollback say they're anxious about consumers being forced to pay more for less consistent or slower service.

The vote was a rare win for Democrats in the Republican-controlled Senate and a rebuke to regulators that approved a sweeping repeal of the Obama rules.

Senators cast votes mostly down party lines. "The big cities of this country are banding together on this issue to use the power of the purse", Nirenberg said, pointing to New York's effort to boycott providers that don't adhere to net neutrality.

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The FCC decided in 2015 to reclassify internet service providers as common carriers under a 1996 law. "If the Democrats want to run on regulating the Internet, I think that's a losing strategy", said Sen.

At a press conference following the Senate vote, Doyle announced that he would also open a discharge petition in an effort to force a vote on the issue. And they've been pushing measures in the states that would offer net-neutrality protections within their borders.

Fear is a great motivator for voters. The current FCC moved to repeal them in a 3-2 vote past year, a move that sparked outrage and protests among many net neutrality supporters. "Other than health care and taxes, this is one of the issues that has motivated most grassroots activity, " he said. "Winning with the entire Democratic Caucus as well as three Republican Senators shows that we can prevail in the House, which is where attention and activism energy will now shift". "In pushing on this, San Antonio is a pacesetter for the rest of the country". Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., who runs the Senate Democrats' 2018 campaign operation.

FCC Chairman AJIT PAI, who led the charge to reverse the FCC's course and end net neutrality after his predecessor TOM WHEELER's actions to regulate ISPs, was predictably displeased with, and dismissive of, the Senate action, releasing a statement saying, "It's disappointing that Senate Democrats forced this resolution through by a narrow margin".

Schumer said in an earlier statement, "The repeal of net neutrality is not only a blow to the average consumer, but it is a blow to public schools, rural Americans, communities of color and small businesses".

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