Senate Vote Says Net Neutrality Can Stay Around a Little Longer

Chuck Schumer Mike Doyle Ed Markey Maria Cantwell

Chuck Schumer Mike Doyle Ed Markey Maria Cantwell

North Dakota's US senators split on a vote to reverse the repeal of net neutrality rules Wednesday as a few Republicans joined the chamber's Democrats to pass the resolution. Sens. LISA MURKOWSKY (R-AK), JOHN KENNEDY (R-LA), and SUSAN COLLINS (R-ME) joined the Democrats in using the Senate's power under the Congressional Review Act to vote with a simple majority to override the Commission's decision to gut net neutrality. The Senate measure needs to win a vote in the House where Republicans have a larger majority, and to get a signature from President Donald Trump, who supports the FCC's action.

"Net Neutrality is like naming something fuzzy bunny rabbit".

"Residents on Kauai, Oahu and the Big Island have depended on a free and open internet to receive up to the minute and life saving information from local media as well as from federal state and local governments", Hirono said.

In a written statement, Sullivan said he thinks repealing the rule will remove a regulatory burden on Alaska telecommunications companies and encourage infrastructure investment. It has drawn far less support in the House of Representatives, and Trump is unlikely to sign a resolution that would effectively rebuke his FCC chairman.

"It's very hard to say the public should trust their ISPs not to violate net neutrality principles, as they actually have a history of doing so even when the FCC had rules against it", Trendacosta said Wednesday.

Some, however, see the vote as less about stopping the current policy from going into effect and more about this fall's midterm elections.

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said the internet thrived long before the Obama administration stepped in with rules in 2015, and he predicted that when the FCC repeal is in place, consumers won't notice a change in their service.

The Senate has voted to kill a Federal Communications Commission rule that repealed the Obama administration's ban on internet providers blocking or slowing down certain content.

Today on national cable news, MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle and Fox Business' FBN AM mentioned the net neutrality vote in brief headline segments.

In December, the FCC repealed the net neutrality rules.

Though Markey's resolution succeeded Wednesday, Republicans control the House 236 to 193, and Democrats would need at least 25 Republicans to cross the aisle in order to even bring it up for a vote. Senator Ed Markey of MA argued that "net neutrality is the free speech issue of our time", according to Ars Technica. "But we're just getting started".

Tech companies have been signaling that the repeal of net neutrality could lead to significant financial consequences. "Other than health care and taxes, this is one of the issues that has motivated most grassroots activity, " he said.

"This is our chance-our best chance-to make sure the internet stays accessible and affordable for all Americans", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY. It applies only to the telecom carriers that provide our Internet connections, not to the companies like Facebook that provide services over that connection.

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