What Will Happen to Net Neutrality After Senate Votes To Save Protections?

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Today, senators voted on a resolution to undo a 2017 move by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to end net neutrality regulations, but major television and print media outlets have devoted little more than a few mentions to the issue.

Net Neutrality protesters in Philadelphia. Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, as well as three Republicans - Susan Collins of Maine, John Kennedy of Louisiana and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. "And it will continue to be free and open once the Restoring Internet Freedom Order takes effect on June 11".

As reported by the Guardian, Senator John Thune, a Republican from South Dakota labelled the Senate's vote as "political theatre", saying it stood no chance of approval by the House.

The Senate approved a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would undo the Federal Communications Commission's vote to deregulate the broadband industry. The measure can not be filibustered in the Senate.

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.

Net neutrality rules passed by the Obama administration in 2015 prevent ISPs from throttling the speed of content running across their networks and charging more for faster access to specific websites and services. Rosenworcel said: "Today's vote is a sign that the fight for internet freedom is far from over". Telecommunications companies oppose the regulations.

Later, Rep. Anna Eshoo, a California Democrat who represents Silicon Valley, said she was happy by the result in the Senate with the legislation.

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"Democrats have made a decision to take the issue of net neutrality and make it partisan", Republican Senator John Thune of South Dakota said.

Before the vote, Senator Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, urged fellow senators to disregard the "armies of lobbyists marching the halls of Congress on behalf of big internet service providers".

Some say the decision could be largely symbolic, given that the majority of the American public support net neutrality and politicians are well aware how their stance on the issue might affect them when voters go to the polls for the midterms.

"This is our chance, our best chance to make sure the internet stays accessible and affordable to all Americans", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from NY.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) denounced the measure as a grandstanding manoeuvre that gets in the way of a bipartisan net neutrality remedy.

The revised rules were a win for internet service providers, whose practices faced significant government oversight and FCC investigations under the 2015 order.

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

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