Senate votes to restore net neutrality

Senate votes to restore net neutrality

John Boozman, R-Ark., said in a written statement.

Additionally, a Nexis search for "net neutrality" produced zero results among the nation's top newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Post, and USA Today.

The vote to restore net neutrality protection was heavily pushed by Democratic senators who used the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to reverse the Federal Communication Commission's (FCCs) December decision to "roll back" Obama-era net neutrality rules. "And it will continue to be free and open once the Restoring Internet Freedom Order takes effect on June 11".

All 47 Democrats voted to keep the rules in place. And express your feelings to them about your voting.

Collins announced her support in January, but Kennedy and Murkowski had been undecided.

Neither tipped a hand until they voted a few hours earlier Wednesday to move the measure past a procedural hurdle. However, a similar vote looks unlikely in the Republican-dominated U.S. House. The measure can not be filibustered in the Senate. If a simple majority of the latter decide for it, the resolution will be sent to President Donald Trump, who can either sign it or veto it.

"As the inventor of the web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, said, the internet must remain a permissionless space for creativity, innovation and free expression", said McGrath.

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Polls have shown strong public backing for Net neutrality.

He said that instead, "Democrats have already made clear that the resolution today is about the elections in November".

As Democratic senators made a last-ditch effort to salvage net neutrality rules - which passed in the Senate - coverage by many media outlets is still nowhere to be found. "We don't let water companies or phone companies discriminate against customers; we don't restrict access to interstate highways, saying you can ride on the highway, and you can't", Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said.

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.

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.

A major objection about the Net neutrality rules was the FCC's decision to classify broadband as a more highly regulated utilitylike service under Title 2 of federal telecommunications law. "It will allow internet service providers and cable companies to dictate the winners and losers in the digital world and it will give a very small number of market players near-limitless power, stifling the rights of citizens that can not afford to play by their rules".

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