The Senate approved a resolution Wednesday to nullify the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rollback, dealing a symbolic blow to the FCC's new rule that remains on track to take effect next month.
This measure now goes to the House, but it's not likely to pick up any traction there.
But in reality the victory is a completely hollow one, as despite the vote, it is highly unlikely to pass the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
This dearth of coverage may stem in part from the distraction of President Donald Trump, as since his election, media outlets have been laser-focused on his statements and actions. Many have subsidiaries or affiliated companies that also produce vast amounts of programming, putting them in position to control internet access and download speeds in ways that enhance the value of their own products. Senate Democrats believe their resolution - getting every Democrat on record in support of net neutrality and most Republicans on record against it - can turn what was once considered a wonk issue into a wedge issue this November.
For almost all of the past 10 years, the FCC has had in place rules that sought to guarantee net-neutrality protections. It might do that, maybe.
In Portugal, with no net neutrality, internet providers are starting to split the net into packages. It's a shame that it's dead now. But so far he's set himself and his administration against it.
That the FCC overturned its net-neutrality rules was no surprise. So it's no surprise they voted to reject Ajit Pai's decision to kill the internet as we know it. Susan Collins, R-Maine, joined Democrats in voting to overturn the FCC's controversial decision. John Kennedy of Louisiana and Sen.
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In a statement released Wednesday, Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said the vote was "a big step to fix the serious mess the FCC made when it rolled back net neutrality late past year". Because Alaska is so massive and so predominantly rural, its internet needs are basically unlike any other state's.
Democrats argued that scrapping the rules would give ISPs free rein to suppress certain content or promote sites that pay them.
If enough candidates make net neutrality an issue, and if enough of them win, Democrats could use strong congressional votes, and aggressive negotiations with the administration, to tilt the balance back toward digital democracy.
Republicans who voted against the measure criticized the move as "political theater" with little chance of becoming law. Either way, we need to harness as much political power as we can coming out of this CRA fight to ensure that we're negotiating from a place of strength in any future congressional debates on the issue.
And Lisa Murkowski's totally right on this.
There has been no reference for weeks to what is presumably an ongoing investigation by the FCC's Inspector General into Pai's subsequent Sinclair-friendly decisions, raising the likelihood that it could be used as this season's cliffhanger.