Senate votes to ditch repeal of net neutrality
- Author: Wendy Palmer May 18, 2018,
May 18, 2018, 9:36
Prior to the vote Senator Hassan spoke on the floor of the Senate, reinforcing the importance of protecting a free and open internet so that all hard-working Granite Staters and businesses across the country can thrive. We pay our ISPs plenty of money for internet access, they shouldn't have the ability to block or throttle any application or website we choose to use or visit.
Sen. Schatz: Well, you never know until these things go to the vote, but we'd been in contact with Senator Kennedy and Senator Murkowski before the vote, so although you never know until the vote happens, we had warning that we might have exceeded people's expectations. John Boozman, R-Ark., said in a written statement.
Net neutrality advocates rally February 27 at the Capitol.
The Senate has taken action to protect net neutrality rules set to end next month.
Today's settlement was concluded with a vote of 52-47 in favour of altering Net Neutrality protections.
Democrats have indicated that they are ready to make net neutrality a 2018 campaign issue.
Neither tipped a hand until they voted a few hours earlier Wednesday to move the measure past a procedural hurdle. It's expected that if the House doesn't vote the measure down, Donald Trump will not sign it into law.
The rules, known as net neutrality, were initially adopted by the FCC under the Obama administration but were repealed by the newly Republican-controlled commission in the aftermath of President Trump's election.
Referring to a time before new regulation was introduced by the Obama administration, he said: "That's what we're going back to: rules that were in place for two decades under a light-touch regulatory approach that allowed the internet to explode and prosper and grow".
"The Commission does not have the authority to compel broadband providers to offer service to particular customers at particular speeds or at particular locations, or to establish any other obligations in a cable television and telecommunications service merger related to the provision of broadband services".
Polls have shown strong public backing for Net neutrality.
For the bill to pass the House, 25 Republicans will have to join democrats in support of net neutrality according to The Hill.
Senate Democrats, led by Ed Markey of MA, used the Congressional Review Act-an oversight tool that permits Congress to repeal rulings made by agencies such as the FCC-to force Wednesday's vote.
Thune urged Democrats to work with him on a plan that he said would incorporate the net neutrality principles they desire without onerous regulation that he said made it harder to connect more Americans to the internet and to upgrade service.