US Senate votes to restore net neutrality

As a result, their bottom line could be harmed if, say, a net neutrality repeal allowed Verizon or Comcast to throttle speeds on that rival content or charge a premium for higher speeds for people using those services.

The FCC's existing net neutrality rules are set to end June 11 after the commission voted to gut the rules past year. "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". Earlier this year, a coalition of 23 attorneys general, including Connecticut's Attorney General George Jepsen sued to stop the rollback of net neutrality.

Despite the Senate vote, and the popular support for net neutrality, the restoration effort will go nowhere without the support of the House - where Republicans outnumber Democrats. There's also the fact that some Republicans might feel that siding against net neutrality could cause problems in the upcoming midterm elections. They included Sen. Patrick Leahy, of Vermont, who said Pai showed contempt for the public by not heeding public opinion that favours stronger net neutrality rules. If it fails, internet providers would be able to favor certain websites, by slowing them down or speeding them up.

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. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Ed Markey, D-Mass.

The revised rules were a win for internet service providers, whose practices faced significant government oversight and FCC investigations under the 2015 order. In a statement sent around Wednesday evening, the DSCC wrote that, "Today Democrats had to demand a vote to protect free and open internet, another reminder of how far Republicans will go to make life more expensive for Americans".

The FCC had said that the net neutrality protection will end on 11 June.

Senate Democrats, led by Ed Markey of MA, used the Congressional Review Act-an oversight tool that permits Congress to repeal rulings made by agencies such as the FCC-to force Wednesday's vote.

It's all up in the air at the moment, and frankly, net-neutrality was probably a good thing. Here's Hawaii Democratic Senator Brian Schatz. But he concedes that Democrats have done a better job of selling their message to voters.

"One of the first hearings will focus on competition and consumer protection implications of the FCC's restoring internet freedom order". He runs the Democrats' 2018 campaign operation and says Republicans are miscalculating how much voters care about this issue.

Net neutrality, under which the internet has operated since its inception, ensures that there is no favoritism in internet access.


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