Senate Votes To Restore Net Neutrality

Senate Votes To Restore Net Neutrality

Senate Votes To Restore Net Neutrality

But the House isn't likely to take it up. Ed Markey (D-MA) before the vote. "Our approach will help promote digital opportunity-that is, making high-speed Internet access available to every single American so that they can be participants in, rather than spectators of, our digital economy". Voters may know soon enough: The Obama-era net neutrality rules expire June 11.

Next, the House will vote on net neutrality, but it's unclear if the House will vote the same way as the Senate.

Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth of IL said "the voices of the American people were heard" with the Senates vote. "Speaker Ryan should listen".

The Trump administration has invoked the CRA over a dozen times over the past year to roll back regulations enacted by the Obama administration. The bill will now move to the House, where another majority vote is required, but Republicans have stronger control, with 235 members versus the Democrats' 193.

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

Roger Nishi, vice president of industry relations at Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom, said the federal regulations will not impact their services.

But, he cautioned, it remains unclear how many voters will actually be motivated by net neutrality to go to the polls.

Republicans like Rep. Scott Taylor of Virginia think Democrats are wrong on the policy of net neutrality and that eliminating FCC rules will expand competition and consumer choice. "A free and open internet is one of our society's great equalizers and I will continue to fight for citizens' access to it".

He and other supporters of the rules argue that they will prevent AT&T Inc., Comcast Corp. and other internet service providers from acting as gatekeepers for Americans' online access.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai called the vote disappointing but added that "ultimately, I'm confident that their effort to reinstate heavy-handed government regulation of the Internet will fail".

While Collins' support had been public leading up to the vote, Murkowski's and Kennedy's "yes" votes came as a surprise to some.

Attorney General TJ Donovan has also signed onto a multi-state lawsuit challenging the FCC's rollback of the rules.

"I haven't talked to anyone who isn't for net neutrality generically", Hoeven said. "Well, some on the other side of the aisle reached the cynical conclusion that exploiting concern about the internet outweighed the value of working with Republicans to pass net neutrality protections".

"Net neutrality is what allows the internet to be a tool for free speech, permissionless innovation and diverse voices on an infinite number of websites", said Chris Lewis, vice president at the advocacy group Public Knowledge.

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