Senate passes bill to reinstate net neutrality

Senate Democrats push to block net neutrality repeal using Congressional Review Act

Net neutrality advocates gain symbolic win as Senate votes to save Obama rules

He said the internet thrived long before the Obama administration stepped in, and he predicted that when the Trump administration's rule scrapping net neutrality goes into effect in June, consumers won't notice a change in service.

"A vote against this resolution will be a vote to protect large corporations and special interests, leaving the American public to pay the price", Schumer said. However, he did so despite widespread support for the rules; a survey taken around the time of the FCC's December vote showed that an overwhelming majority of Americans supported keeping them in place, including most Republican voters. And now, House Republicans will have a choice: To be on the side of the American people; or hold hands with President (Donald) Trump and his big corporate and lobbyist cronies.

Under the original net neutrality rule, internet service providers were also banned from providing faster internet access and preferred services to companies for extra fees - so called "fast lanes".

Republicans overwhelmingly support ending net neutrality because they want to shift regulatory power away from the federal government and toward the private market.

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, said that the resolution was a "bizarre exercise" that isn't "going anywhere". The bill will now move to the House, where another majority vote is required, but Republicans have stronger control, with 235 members versus the Democrats' 193.

Despite the Senate's passing of the resolution, the measure is unlikely to be enacted.

FCC Chairman AJIT PAI, who led the charge to reverse the FCC's course and end net neutrality after his predecessor TOM WHEELER's actions to regulate ISPs, was predictably displeased with, and dismissive of, the Senate action, releasing a statement saying, "It's disappointing that Senate Democrats forced this resolution through by a narrow margin".

For almost all of the past 10 years, the FCC has had in place rules that sought to guarantee net-neutrality protections.

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Though the vote on the measure has been expected for months, its outcome is uncertain.

According to the Associated Press, Senate Democrats filed a discharge petition last week, which triggered Wednesday's vote under the Congressional Review Act (CRA).

Currently, the effort to retain Net Neutrality has the backing of 50 USA senators, including that of Republican Susan Collins. We won't know until the vote later today, but signs are looking up for Obama's liberating online effort. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) called "the most important week for the internet that the Senate has ever seen".

However, the vote may not be an even split.

Senate Democrat Ed Markey of MA and colleagues are forcing a floor vote to "save" something called "net neutrality". Many Republicans consider these requirements burdensome for internet providers, and that competition in an open market will allow industry players to self-govern.

Still, Democrats argued that net neutrality is needed to make sure that all internet content is treated equally.

Net neutrality supporters note that 15 Republicans crossed the aisle in March 2017 on another internet issue.

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