Senate Net Neutrality Vote Aims to Reinstate Rules

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"The only studies that support their claims are studies that they have funded themselves", Greer said.

Markey led the opposition to the FCC in the Senate as lead sponsor of a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that passed on Wednesday in a 52-47 victory that was celebrated across the Internet. While the name for the principle isn't that old, the basic idea predates the internet and has its roots in the telephone and telegraph networks and even older services.

Still, Democrats are already using their messaging in campaign material. Susan Collins (R-Maine), following the passage.

The public will get a chance to gripe about new government rules set to kick in next month on net neutrality.

The repeal granted internet service providers (ISPs) the ability to push consumers towards their content and products while potentially slowing down or eliminating access to their competitors' sites.

Senators voted 52-47 to overturn the Restoring Internet Freedom Order issued by the FCC a year ago. As Kennedy explained, those who trusted their cable companies won't be happy with his vote but "If you don't trust your cable company, you will".

That may be a heavy lift, but Blumenthal reminded the Senate that the issue of net neutrality will likely be decided in court. The CTIA, USTelecom and the NCTA earlier sent a joint letter to senators asking them to vote against the measure.

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Senate Democrats are seeking to make net neutrality a central issue in November's midterm election by putting Republicans on the record against an issue that most Americans support. The House has a much larger Republican majority, however, and a lot of them support the FCC's decision to overturn net neutrality regulations.

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

Critics of the FCC's net neutrality rules, which have been in place since 2015, say they're anxious about consumers being forced to pay more for slower or less consistent service. Some of the biggest companies in the United States such as Google, Netflix, and Facebook have come out against repealing net neutrality.

"That's what we're going back to: rules that were in place for two decades under a light-touch regulatory approach that allowed the internet to explode and prosper and grow", Thune said. Telecommunications companies oppose the regulations.

"There's no question that net neutrality is something voters under the age of 40 care a lot about", he said.

"Still, between broad-based public support for net neutrality and hotly contested Congressional races across the country, there is reason to believe that public pressure can sway the House vote as it did in the Senate".

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