Senate Democrats win vote on net neutrality, a centerpiece of 2018 strategy

Senate Democrats win vote on net neutrality, a centerpiece of 2018 strategy

Senate Democrats win vote on net neutrality, a centerpiece of 2018 strategy

Senate Democrats cheered the procedural vote.

Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass. introduced the Congressional Review Act resolution to overturn the repeal in February. "And, they certainly don't want their internet providers making those decisions".

Repealing net neutrality rules was one of Pai's primary objectives when he was appointed as chairman of the Commission by President Trump past year.

Meanwhile, as activists emphasized the importance of celebrating this crucial win given the tireless grassroots effort that produced it, open internet advocates and pro-net neutrality lawmakers noted that the same level of grassroots pressure-and likely even more-will be necessary to carry the resolution through the House of Representatives.

If you were a bit cynical about the US Senate's vote to save net neutrality today, we can't really blame you.

Regardless of the unlikelihood of this truly re-enacting internet neutrality guidelines, Democrats will hail it as a victory. The ISPs say they'll self-regulate, but don't hold your breath.

"House Republicans don't have to choose the same path that the vast majority of Republicans in the Senate chose", Schumer said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

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Independent of the Senate action today, several states including Washington, Oregon, California and NY, have either proposed net neutrality-like legislation or sought to take legal action to nullify the FCC repeal. But they wanted to also ensure that regulatory efforts didn't get in the way of innovation and quickly evolving internet services.

Tech companies have been signaling that the repeal of net neutrality could lead to significant financial consequences. Twenty-three attorney's general have filed a lawsuit to stop the repeal of the rules. "And I urge every member who's uproots a free and open internet to join me and sign this petition so we can bring this legislation to the floor".

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.

Lotz said it is hard to predict how it will play out, but expects that over the course of the first year it is possible that users will start to notice changes in their access to certain web services or their bills as internet service providers set up agreements with companies like Netflix or others.

If consumers would prefer better access to other online services, they theoretically could find another internet provider. Collins had previously said she supported the underlying measure.

"I haven't talked to anyone who isn't for net neutrality generically", Hoeven said. The strategy assumes that net neutrality can top or at least compete with other hot-button issues including jobs, trade and immigration.

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