Blumenthal, Murphy Vote To Preserve Net Neutrality Rules

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Senate Democrats and three Republicans - Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins of ME, and John Kennedy of Louisiana - voted in favor of using the Congressional Review Act to reinstate "net neutrality".

"The simple reality is that without net neutrality rules, this certainty will not exist".

In a written statement, Sullivan said he thinks repealing the rule will remove a regulatory burden on Alaska telecommunications companies and encourage infrastructure investment.

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".

The resolution's fate is uncertain in the House and it's unlikely to have President Donald Trump's support, the Washington Post reported.

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said the internet thrived long before the Obama administration stepped in with rules in 2015, and he predicted that when the FCC repeal is in place, consumers won't notice a change in their service. This is particularly important for students and families in rural communities that have limited options in internet providers.

However, while this is a victory for net neutrality advocates, it does not represent the end of the story.

Although the FCC exempted internet service providers from many aspects of that tougher oversight, such as rate regulation, opponents of the 2015 net neutrality rules said it opened the door to onerous federal regulation.

Blumenthal, Murphy Vote To Preserve Net Neutrality Rules
Blumenthal, Murphy Vote To Preserve Net Neutrality Rules

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. Repealing the net neutrality rules could lead to higher prices for consumers, slower internet traffic, and even blocked websites.

Speaking on the floor of the Senate, Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal said without net neutrality, large broadband companies become even more powerful, hindering competition from smaller companies. Heinrich said. "I stand with the thousands of New Mexicans and millions of Americans who raised their voices in an unprecedented grassroots effort to oppose the FCC's decision to dismantle net neutrality rules".

Thune noted that he was "more than willing to enter into a debate to ideal this piece of legislation" rather than "waste more time, valuable time, in a cloud of uncertainty where one FCC to the next continues to change the rules".

However, Kennedy was also skeptical of the prospects that net neutrality could cost Republicans in the fall elections.

"We're just going to keep operating as we have been", Nishi said.

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.

Senators were able to force a vote on net neutrality today through the Congressional Review Act (CRA).

"Every day somebody up here says that there's going to be a new issue that's going to be dispositive of how things will turn out in the midterms", the Louisiana senator said.

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