Senate to Vote on Repealing Changes to Net Neutrality Rules

17 May, 2018, 05:01 | Author: Mary Valdez
  • The Federal Communications Commission logo is seen before the FCC Net Neutrality hearing in Washington US

They did it. Senate Democrats, two independents, and three Republicans succeeded in passing a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to overturn the 2017 FCC's overturn of the 2015 FCC's net neutrality regulations. He strongly supported former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's move to formalize strong net neutrality rules in 2015, and has fought current FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's "misguided, anti-consumer, pro-Big Cable agenda to end net neutrality", the statement concluded. Edward Markey (D-Mass.)-who spearheaded the Senate CRA-had called "the most important week for the internet that the Senate has ever seen". "We continue to urge the government to work toward the goal of preserving a free and open internet and to maintain and strengthen the distinction between the transmission of lawful and unlawful content".

City council today took a baby step toward ensuring San Antonians have access to a free and open Internet - a concept techies refer to as "net neutrality."

Republicans like Rep. Scott Taylor of Virginia think Democrats are wrong on the policy of net neutrality, and that eliminating FCC rules will expand competition and consumer choice.

"The Senate vote, on the eve of midterms, could have significant political effects", said Marc Martin, a telecom lawyer at Perkins Coie in Washington. A number of states have passed open internet protections, creating a patchwork of regulation in the US that internet service providers will be forced to navigate or potentially challenge at the federal level. For net neutrality to come back requires 25 House Republicans to join the Democrats just to force a vote in the lower chamber.

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Net neutrality is the principle that all traffic on the internet should be treated the same.

Democrats argued the new FCC rules give too much power to Internet service providers, which they fear will throttle down speeds for some websites and services while ramping it up for others who pay more.

"I'm pretty sure I heard a large cheer go up in Seattle", Cantwell said after the vote. AT&T's Tim McKone, its executive vice president of federal relations, said that they favor legislation "that applies to all internet companies and guarantees neutrality, transparency, openness, non-discrimination and privacy protections for all internet users". At least one Republican senator, Lisa Murkowski, remained undecided. "The grandparents, the gamers, the gearheads, the geeks, the gif-makers, the Generations X, Y, and Z. This movement to save net neutrality is made up of every walk of American life", he said.

However, net-neutrality supporters are also seeking to overturn the FCC's action in federal courts and pushing measures that would offer net-neutrality protections within a state's borders.

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