Senate votes to save net neutrality rules

Net Neutrality protest the FCC's recent decision to repeal the program in Los Angeles California

The ISPs are pushing for bad legislation that kneecaps net neutrality while claiming to save it. Internet users will not be fooled. A Senate vote was held today, and the Senators came down 52-47 to restore the net neutrality rules. In this case, that ruling was the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, which was introduced by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai, and carried through by a Republican majority in the Commission.

Pai argued that the Obama-era commission was too heavy handed with its regulation and stifled small internet service providers. They were joined by the two independents who usually vote with them, Sens.

The three Republicans in favor of the resolution were Sen. But the House isn't likely to take it up.

Falcon agrees. "He doesn't have loyalty to the people who serve within the administration", he says of Trump.

The Obama-era regulations are set to end June 11.

Sanders, in a video statement, heralded the step as "very good news".

Kennedy told IJR that his "yes" vote came down to whether or not people could trust the cable companies to keep a free and open internet.

"This should not be a partisan issue", Leahy said.

The Senate vote was notably bipartisan with all 49 Democratic caucus members and three Republicans voting in favor of the resolution. "We must stop trying to score political points and work together to ensure an open internet with privacy protections for all consumers".

That was evident Wednesday as Democrats paraded to the Senate floor to give speeches in support of net neutrality while most Republicans were silent on the matter.

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Gov. Phil Scott signed an executive order to a similar effect earlier this year.

Net neutrality is all but dead. Critics, including the Trump administration, said over-regulation was stifling innovation. Internet access is a "necessity" and should be "affordable to every American, regardless of your ability to pay".

"Residents on Kauai, Oahu and the Big Island have depended on a free and open internet to receive up to the minute and life saving information from local media as well as from federal state and local governments", Hirono said.

Alaska's other senator, Dan Sullivan, said he agrees with that.

The resolution will seek to overturn a rule voted on by the FCC in December that would eliminate most of its net-neutrality regulations.

"They're just enormous questions out there", Lotz said. This meant that, for example, providers would not be allowed to "throttle" or change the speed with which a person accesses a website.

If consumers would prefer better access to other online services, they theoretically could find another internet provider. "My guess is 90 percent of Americans support fuzzy bunny rabbit", Cruz said.

"I don't see any voters, any new voters, who will come to the polls on this issue", Cruz said. Over the last 14 days, "Net Neutrality + Senate" has a 67 percent positive score on Social.

Democrats were able to force Wednesday's vote using an obscure legislative tool known as the Congressional Review Act (CRA).

"It's symbolic in the sense that it is something that Democrats can hang their hat on", she said.

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