US Senate saves net neutrality - for now

Senate Democrats Clear First Vote on Move to Restore FCC Net Neutrality Rules

Representatives already began lobbying for the effort in the House, which is now lacking the necessary votes to pass. Ed Markey, D-Mass., the leader of the Senate effort. Pai said the his approach "will deliver better, faster, and cheaper Internet access and more broadband competition to the American people". And it will continue to be free and open once the Restoring Internet Freedom Order takes effect on JUNE 11th.

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

Wednesday's vote set "good baseline", she said, for any future legislation where issues like content blocking, throttling or paid prioritization would be up for debate again.

"It's time for Speaker Ryan to do his job and let us vote in the House", Welch said. Broadband providers support the general precepts of Net Neutrality including transparency, no blocking, and no unreasonable discrimination. Senate Democrats believe their resolution that put every Democrat on record in support of net neutrality - and most Republicans on record against it - can turn what was once considered a wonk issue into a wedge issue this November. The White House has expressed its support for the FCC's move in December to repeal the net neutrality rules, and Trump has often touted his ability to roll back government regulations.

Net neutrality is the idea that the internet should be classified as a public utility. But they wanted to also ensure that regulatory efforts didn't get in the way of innovation and quickly evolving internet services.

Thune noted that he was "more than willing to enter into a debate to ideal this piece of legislation" rather than "waste more time, valuable time, in a cloud of uncertainty where one FCC to the next continues to change the rules".

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

The 2015 rules were meant to ensure a free and open internet, give consumers equal access to Web content and bar broadband service providers from favoring their own material or others'.

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. "Well, some on the other side of the aisle reached the cynical conclusion that exploiting concern about the internet outweighed the value of working with Republicans to pass net neutrality protections".

Pai argued that the Obama-era commission was too heavy handed with its regulation and stifled small internet service providers. In fact, Mr. Schumer suggests the Internet might be "free [] like our highways".

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