Senate OK's bill in bid to retain net neutrality

Senate OK's bill in bid to retain net neutrality

If the CRA is approved by the House and signed by President Donald Trump, internet service providers would have to continue following rules that prohibit blocking, throttling and paid prioritization, VOA wrote.

Still, Democrats are already using their messaging in campaign material. Over the course of 2017, the FCC, led by Ajit Pai, voted to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Act with the goal of giving ISPs more control over what customers could access and paving the way for "internet fast lanes" for certain sites.

A democratic MA senator introduced an effort to preserve neutrality, and it passed the senate floor with a 52 to 47 vote.

The bipartisan resolution, which Senator Hassan helped introduce, overturns the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) partisan decision to repeal net neutrality protections. "A vote against this resolution will be a vote to protect large corporations and special interests, leaving the American public to pay the price".

When the FCC overturned it in December, congressman Kevin Cramer said he supports a free and open internet, but calls the democratic "net neutrality" "a political mudslinging match".

Today's vote implications are significant-net neutrality is critical for our nation's progress and for the creation of good jobs in the future.

Joining all Democratic senators in voting to reverse the FCC's action were GOP Senators Susan Collins of Maine, John Kennedy of Louisiana and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

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The 52-47 vote, which saw three Republicans vote against their own side, used the Congressional Review Act - one of the checks and balances specifically created to fix problems caused by government agencies headed up by people who think they cool, but they not.

Republicans insist they, too, believe in net neutrality, but want to safeguard it by crafting forward-looking legislation rather than reimposing an outdated regulatory structure.

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

If the bill doesn't pass, the new FCC rules repealing net neutrality will go into effect on June 11, but expect to see more challenges in court.

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. Now, Net Neutrality activists have to collect signatures from a full majority of House members.