Senate votes to restore net neutrality after repeal

Senate votes to restore net neutrality after repeal

Chuck Schumer of New York, accompanied by Sen. The Senate vote is a historic win for supporters of Net Neutrality and a stinging rebuke to the army of phone- and cable-company lobbyists and lackeys trying to take away our internet freedom.

However, Cruz maintained that net neutrality is predominantly only a big issue for "hardcore activists who hate the president", and he credited much of its widespread popularity to having a "clever name that sounds positive and beneficial". Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader, said in a speech before the vote. "This is a fundamental issue of providing consumers with more choice and control", Sen.

Senators used a law that allows Congress to overturn regulatory decisions, such as December's Federal Communications Commission vote to strip the Obama-era rules aimed at ensuring internet service providers treat content equally.

Some Vermont-based internet service providers do not anticipate changing their operations at all once the new set of rules takes effect.

All 47 Democrats voted to keep the rules in place.

Republicans voting for the measure included Susan Collins, of Maine, John Kennedy, of Louisiana, and Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska. "My guess is 90 percent of Americans support fuzzy bunny rabbit", Cruz said.

Neither tipped a hand until they voted a few hours earlier Wednesday to move the measure past a procedural hurdle. It must still be voted on in the House of Representatives, however, and signed into law by President Trump. The measure can not be filibustered in the Senate.

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Mike Doyle, a Democratic House representative, intends on forcing a vote on the bill next week. Democrats argue that the net neutrality regulations would create an open internet, as it prevents internet service providers (ISP) from discriminating against certain types of web traffic.

Net neutrality was passed in 2015.

In December, a University of Maryland poll found that 83 percent of Americans, including 75 percent of Republicans, were opposed to ending net neutrality. Ed Markey, D-Mass., who sponsored the CRA resolution.

"We can not let internet providers block or slow down internet traffic and force us to pay more for popular sites".

A simple majority of 51 votes is needed to pass a CRA resolution in the Senate. The resolution Democrats are putting forward today would undo that progress. "They know they won't ultimately be successful, but they want to campaign on their desire to add new regulations to the internet". But even if I'm wrong, notice that we've moved a long way from merely preserving Net neutrality.

"Make no mistake this is pretty massive, think about how many times the Senate has voted along party lines", says Ernesto Falcon, chief legislative counsel for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to "defending civil liberties in the digital world". The Internet was free and open before 2015, when the prior FCC buckled to political pressure from the WHITE HOUSE and imposed utility-style regulation on the Internet.

"Why aren't we debating a bipartisan bill instead of a partisan resolution?" he asked. "In other words, protecting net neutrality isn't about saving Netflix but about saving the next Netflix".