Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Senate to Vote on Repealing Changes to Net Neutrality Rules

Senate to Vote on Repealing Changes to Net Neutrality Rules

The FCC's new regulation, effectively eliminating net neutrality as the internet's governing policy, has still not taken effect, providing Democrats this narrow opening.

Adopted in December of 2017, the FCC says the rollback of net neutrality rules is set to take effect next month.

However, the fight to save net neutrality will continue to the House of Representatives, and potentially, to the desk of President Donald Trump. The prior Administration's regulatory overreach took us in the opposite direction, reducing investment in broadband networks and particularly harming small Internet service providers in rural and lower-income areas. -Evan Greer, Fight for the FutureThe FCC's decision was welcomed by internet service providers (ISPs) like Comcast and Verizon, which without net neutrality in place would be able to throttle traffic in order to charge content producers and web users for premium access or services.

"The internet should be kept free and open like our highways, accessible and affordable to every American, regardless of ability to pay". The bill still needs to the pass the House of Representatives, and if we're expecting a split down party lines with the Democrats voting in the affirmative and the Republicans voting against, it means that 22 Republicans would need to flip before the bill would even be voted on.

The Senate voted 52-47 to open the debate on a resolution.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Wednesday that the solution was for lawmakers to draft net neutrality legislation "that would safeguard consumers but still prevent regulators from stifling innovation".

The Republican-led FCC voted in December to repeal Obama-era protections.

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Polls also have showed strong public backing for net neutrality. The resolution brought under the Congressional Review Act can not be filibustered, and it only requires a simple majority to clear the Senate.

Will any Republican Senators see the writing on the wall and flip? We won't know until the vote later today, but signs are looking up for Obama's liberating online effort. Ed Markey, D-Mass., the leader of the Senate effort.

However, the vote may not be an even split.

Net neutrality, which forces private companies to provide equal access to the Internet, is expected to be a major campaign issue Democrats will use in the 2018 midterm elections, not least for its importance to young people.

The group urged supporters to call key senators in Utah, Florida, Nevada, Arizona, and California, as well as Murkowski, Gardner, and Kennedy, to ensure that the Democratic caucus of 49 senators have the Republican support they need to pass the CRA. Sen.

The FCC did not roll back rules that require internet providers to disclose their traffic management practices, with complaints largely handled through the Federal Trade Commission. The current FCC moved to repeal them in a 3-2 vote a year ago, a move that sparked outrage and protests among many net neutrality supporters. But in 2015, the day after the FCC enacted the net neutrality rules, McClintock went to the House floor and blasted the agency as "imposing leftist ideology on the internet".

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