US Senates get enough votes to progress on net neutrality

US Senate overturns Pai's FCC net neutrality weed-whacker

Pie in the face for Pai

The US Senate has voted to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Restoring Internet Freedom Order which replaced previous net neutrality legislation, passing a bill that has little chance of advancing in the House but offers net neutrality supporters and Democrats a political rallying point for the midterm elections.

Today's vote implications are significant-net neutrality is critical for our nation's progress and for the creation of good jobs in the future. At least one Republican senator, Lisa Murkowski, remained undecided. "And it will continue to be free and open once the Restoring Internet Freedom Order takes effect on June 11", he asserted.

"I voted to hopefully get beyond the politics on this, which is the seesaw back and forth between Republican FCC and a Democratic FCC that doesn't lend any level of certainty to the process", she told reporters.

The Senate approved a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would undo the Federal Communications Commission's vote to deregulate the broadband industry.

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"Make no mistake - the abolition of net neutrality will erode the democratic fabric that binds the Internet together", said McGrath.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats, joined by three Republicans, pushed through a measure Wednesday meant to revive Obama-era internet rules that ensured equal treatment for all web traffic, though opposition in the House and the White House seems insurmountable. "This is a huge momentum creator, especially with three Republican votes".

Republicans said the regulations threaten heavy-handed government intrusion that would stifle innovation on the Internet.

Polls have shown strong public backing for Net neutrality.

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Senate Democrats procure vote on Net Neutrality to reserve the net neutrality rules that safeguard gaping admission to the internet. "It's disappointing that Senate Democrats forced this resolution through by a narrow margin".

"We will take a stand to protect our online economy or say goodbye to internet as we know it", said Senator Ed Markey. "We don't let water companies or phone companies discriminate against customers; we don't restrict access to interstate highways, saying you can ride on the highway, and you can't", Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said. If an internet service provider which is owned by a conglomerate decides to absorb an exchange then without net neutrality they can charge users extra and or toggle down speeds to access exchanges in competition with their own. Earlier this month, Senator Shaheen held a Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee field hearing with New Hampshire small business owners about the effects of repealing net neutrality protections on Granite State small businesses.

Information for this article was contributed by Frank E. Lockwood of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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