The US Senate just voted to save net neutrality

17 May, 2018, 07:04 | Author: Teresa Adams
  • A rally in support of net neutrality outside the Capitol in Washington Feb. 27 2018

After the FCC's December vote, North Dakota Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer said the debate over "poorly named "net neutrality" rules has turned into a unsafe political mudslinging match".

In a rebuke to the Trump administration, the U.S. Senate approved a resolution on Wednesday that takes aim at blocking a wide-ranging move to deregulate Internet providers by the FCC past year. Three Republicans - Susan Collins of Maine, John Kennedy of Louisiana, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - joined with all the Democrats and two Democratic-leaning senators to pass a motion to proceed with a final vote.

Independent of the Senate action today, several states including Washington, Oregon, California and NY, have either proposed net neutrality-like legislation or sought to take legal action to nullify the FCC repeal.

Supporters portrayed themselves as defenders of the rights of Americans to unfettered access to the internet by keeping protections in place that they said would prevent telecommunications companies from serving as gatekeepers for online content.

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Republicans said they were willing to work with Democrats on enshrining the principle of net neutrality in legislation. Namely, the measure has to go through a Republican majority House and President Donald Trump.

Like this story? Share it with a friend! "That's why I strongly opposed the FCC's decision to repeal basic net neutrality protections, and today I voted to protect net neutrality rules".

"Net neutrality is the free speech issue of our time", said Sen.

Daines has previously condemned net neutrality; in 2016, he released a statement saying it "remains a solution in search of a problem that kills jobs, chills innovation and slows investment".

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"Try polling, instead, should the federal government have the authority to regulate the internet and regulate terms of service and pricing".

Net neutrality has been championed by congressional Democrats, who hope that their support of an open internet will appeal to young voters.

Mark Farrell, mayor of San Francisco, took to Twitter before the vote to urge people to call their congressional representatives and ask them to support the resolution. "The American people have spoken and the American people should listen". The rare victory for Democrats is sure to be short-lived, with a similar resolution expected to die in the House, where Republicans have a larger majority. Chairman Wheeler's Net Neutrality is, in a nutshell, zero-price wholesale rate regulation without due process. "A free and open internet is one of our society's great equalizers and I will continue to fight for citizens' access to it". However, she said, in many places, consumers do not have multiple providers to choose from.

Pai argued that the Obama-era commission was too heavy handed with its regulation and stifled small internet service providers.

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