US Senate votes to save net neutrality

by Ben Pena May 18, 2018, 9:32
US Senate votes to save net neutrality

"Independent studies all say that net neutrality protections haven't hurt a thing". There's also the fact that some Republicans might feel that siding against net neutrality could cause problems in the upcoming midterm elections.

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. Council's governance committee authorized further discussion of Councilman Manny Pelaez's proposal to require Internet providers that do business with the city not to block or prioritize traffic on their networks. However, Republicans have voted en masse to have these regulations repealed, alongside Trump's vociferous dismissal of the Obama-era development.

In the Senate, three Republican senators broke ranks in order to vote for net neutrality rules. Now the resolution goes to the House of Representatives and potentially President Donald Trump. The Senator joined her colleagues last week to successfully force today's vote.

It was Trump's chosen FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, who pushed to repeal the net neutrality rules on the grounds that regulation prevents the businesses that build internet's infrastructure from innovating and re-investing. Enforcement is left to another agency. They are rules that keep companies like Verizon from charging higher rates for visiting competitors sights rather than ones owned by them. This comes months after the FCC voted to repeal Obama's net neutrality rule.

Pai's statement did not explain how eliminating rules against blocking or throttling Internet content would help expand Internet access. We've basically moved forward a measure that isn't going to become law because this President isn't going to sign it. No doubt she feels it's time for Congress to step in and make some definitive ruling on the net-neutrality issue. The measure can not be filibustered in the Senate. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. He called Markey's resolution "cynical" and a "bizarre exercise which we all know isn't going anywhere".

Not only is a House vote unlikely, but even if the bill does clear, it would be met with a presidential veto - and the Senate's 52-47 vote this week suggests they are nowhere close to the two-thirds needed.

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The House is not expected to pass similar legislation, so there is little chance that the rules will survive their June 11 expiration date despite yesterday's vote.

"For millions of motivated and infrequent voters, this is a top issue, " Sen.

"Today is a monumental day", said Democratic senator Edward Markey during a debate. "Other than health care and taxes, this is one of the issues that has motivated most grassroots activity".

However, the victory, sweet as it is, likely won't stop the Federal Communications Commission from continuing on the march toward rolling back protections put in place during the Obama administration.

Both Democrats and Republicans have said they are working on bipartisan legislation, Murkowski said.

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