GOP Senators Join Dems to Pass Legislation Preserve Net Neutrality

GOP Senators Join Dems to Pass Legislation Preserve Net Neutrality

Edward Markey of MA, sought to stop the FCC's repeal of the Obama-era rules by using their authority under the Congressional Review Act to nullify the commission's vote last December.

The repeal effort led by Senate Democrats faces a significant hurdle in the House and an even greater one in the White House, but Democrats hope to rally support from young voters as they head to the ballot box in the 2018 midterm elections.

In December, the FCC voted to end net neutrality rules, which barred internet service providers from speeding up or slowing down traffic from specific websites.

A resolution from Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, John Kennedy of Louisiana and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

The legislation is far from a done deal.

Accordingly, the vote will likely become a mid-term campaign issue for Democrats. For that reason, it's not certain that Republicans in the House will decide to vote on the measure.

Sanders, in a video statement, heralded the step as "very good news".

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"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", Thune said. Proponents say it levels the playing field between corporations and small businesses and saves consumers money.

"This should not be a partisan issue", Leahy said. "And, they certainly don't want their internet providers making those decisions". "The simple reality is that without net neutrality rules, this certainty will not exist".

After the Senate vote, Pai called the outcome "disappointing", but said he was confident the resolution would fail in the House. "Speaker Ryan should listen".

"Our constituents have a right to know where we stand on preserving open access to the internet". "Because of the popularity of net neutrality, it is very hard for anyone to say they don't support net neutrality".

In the meantime, more than 20 states have filed lawsuits to save the standard and in places like New Jersey, Washington and California, state legislators have proposed legislation establishing net neutrality rules within their respective state borders.

Polls also have showed strong public backing for net neutrality.

The repeal takes effect June 11.

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

Experts including Amanda Lotz, a professor of communication studies and screen arts and cultures at the University of MI, do not anticipate internet access will change noticeably come mid-June. "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".

"They're just enormous questions out there", Lotz said. The ISPs say they'll self-regulate, but don't hold your breath. In other cases, the provider can negotiate with a website for "fast lanes" to users. "My guess is 90 percent of Americans support fuzzy bunny rabbit", Cruz said.

She continued: "I'm frustrated where we are today".

This issue doesn't cut along clean party lines, said Steven Kull, who runs the Program for Public Consultation at the University of Maryland and has studied public attitudes on net neutrality.

Republicans said the regulations threaten heavy-handed government intrusion that would stifle innovation on the internet. However, many argue that is unlikely.

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