Senate passes resolution to preserve net neutrality

Senate passes resolution to preserve net neutrality

Senate passes resolution to preserve net neutrality

Senate Democrats - and a handful of Republicans - voted to overturn the FCC's net neutrality repeal yesterday, a move they say is the first step to ensuring an open internet, though the bill's prospects are unclear. Only three Republican senators voted in favor of the resolution. If the latest efforts fail, Net Neutrality rules will officially end in the less than a month, on June 11, 2018.

Thune urged Democrats to work with him on a plan that he said would incorporate the net neutrality principles they desire without onerous regulation that he said made it harder to connect more Americans to the internet and to upgrade service.

The outcome is unlikely to derail the FCC's repeal of Obama-era rules that restrict Internet service providers' ability to slow down or speed up users' access to specific websites and apps.

After all, the Republicans control the House of Representatives and there's very little chance the Democrats could get the same support to force the issue there.

The op-ed - headlined "Big win for net neutrality, but the fight is not over" - is appearing on the websites of a number of Gannett newspapers, including the Poughkeepsie Journal. In December, the Republican-controlled FCC voted to roll back Obama-era net neutrality rules. Susan Collins, R-Maine, joined Democrats in voting to overturn the FCC's controversial decision.

Fox Business and One American News Network, a decidedly pro-Trump outlet known for pushing conspiracy theories, aired full reports of the net neutrality vote.

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"This issue presents a stark contrast: Are you on the side of the large Internet and cable companies, or are you on the side of the average American family?" said Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

That means we'll need to convince all the Democrats, and about 25 Republicans, to support the CRA. "Today the United States Senate took a big step to fix the serious mess the FCC made when it rolled back net neutrality late a year ago", she started, before catching her step and arguing that the FCC was "on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of the law, and the wrong side of the American people". Edward Markey, D-Mass., that would reverse the FCC's decision.

Senators voted 52-47 to overturn the Restoring Internet Freedom Order issued by the FCC past year.

"The House should follow their [the Senate's] lead in standing up for school systems and protecting them from the unintended harmful consequences of a market without net neutrality guardrails", added Krueger, in a prepared statement "We urge them to advance this resolution as soon as possible". That being said, if they want to enshrine current net neutrality rules into a statute, I'm fine with that.

Yesterday (16 May) was another victory for those who wish to retain net neutrality and avoid a future where the internet is multi-tiered and stacked against those who can not afford the fastest connections.

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