Senate passes resolution to preserve net neutrality

Senate passes resolution to preserve net neutrality

Troy Powers
May 18, 2018

Under the Obama administration, regulations prevented broadband providers from blocking, limiting or discriminating against lawful internet content. But President Trump, who in the past has pivoted on resonant issues that could gain him favor with voters, might be convinced to keep net neutrality in place, Rubin said.

"The American public understands how important these protections are to their lives and the future of the internet", Nelson said on the senate floor before the vote. Under the Congressional Review Act, lawmakers have a limited period of time to try to overturn that move and restore the Obama policy. The vote went primarily down party lines, but two Republican senators, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and John Kennedy of Louisiana, broke with GOP ranks and approved the measure. Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, and his majority caucus are rigidly pro-corporate; they will erect every possible roadblock. However, Democratic Representative Chellie Pingree says the measure may never get a vote in the House.

The US Senate on Wednesday voted narrowly in favour of reinstating the Federal Communications Commission's net-neutrality rules. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others argued that removing protections would return the internet to the same regulatory environment that helped it grow.

Opponents contend that without the net neutrality regulations, which require Internet Service Providers to treat all web traffic equally, companies such as Verizon and Comcast will be free to discriminate against certain content or boost their partner websites. There is no popular support for the change. "Today we show the American people who sides with them, and who sides with the powerful special interests and corporate donors who are thriving under this administration".

That could turn out to be the worst bet of 2018.

The US Senate voted on Wednesday to save net neutrality.

The repeal is scheduled to take effect June 11. "Instead of working with Republicans to develop permanent net neutrality legislation, they've made a decision to try to score political points with a partisan resolution that would do nothing to permanently secure net neutrality". "This is a huge momentum creator, especially with three Republican votes".

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BGR: In the past, the Republicans have said repeatedly that their preferred method of doing anything is to pass a bipartisan "net neutrality" bill.

O'Rourke has highlighted the difference between himself and Cruz on this issue, going so far as to cut a video targeted at small-business owners, who will be particularly harmed by any narrowing of access to the Internet. If an internet service provider which is owned by a conglomerate decides to absorb an exchange then without net neutrality they can charge users extra and or toggle down speeds to access exchanges in competition with their own.

Net neutrality doesn't make for catchy campaign slogans, but there are indicators that voters are clocking this issue.

Such a result might have seemed unimaginable just a few months ago.

"You ignored the overwhelming public support - I mean, I've never seen such overwhelming public support - for net neutrality", Leahy said.

Telecommunications companies lobbied hard to overturn the 2015 rule, saying it discouraged investment and innovation.