Senate votes to restore net neutrality

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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. But he concedes that Democrats have done a better job of selling their message to voters. John Boozman, R-Ark., said in a written statement.

Today's vote implications are significant-net neutrality is critical for our nation's progress and for the creation of good jobs in the future.

And in the wake of the net neutrality repeal, companies like Charter (Spectrum) are trying to claim that states have no legal authority to hold them accountable for failed promises, slow speeds, or much of anything else.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy lauded the Senate's 52-47 vote.

Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan voted with his party, against the resolution to undo the FCC's December decision.

All 49 Democrat senators voted in favour, joined by three Republican senators.

Collins had long announced her support for the CRA move, but Kennedy and Murkowski's stand on the matter was relatively unknown. "Instead of working with Republicans to develop permanent net neutrality legislation, they've chose to try to score political points with a partisan resolution that would do nothing to permanently secure net neutrality".

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Neither tipped a hand until they voted a few hours earlier Wednesday to move the measure past a procedural hurdle.

While the vote is a victory for the Democrats and will be welcomed by those calling for net neutrality to be reinstated, the chances of it actually happening remain very slim. Over the objections of the Republican majority, the Senate approved a resolution to reverse the Federal Communications Commission's decision to end so-called net neutrality rules. The measure can not be filibustered in the Senate.

If the overruling gets through the House of Representatives, then the last hurdle will be President Trump, who can either sign off on it, or veto it entirely.

While people remain exclusively fixated on the telecom industry's attacks on net neutrality, the reality is companies like Comcast, Charter, AT&T and Verizon are busy trying to eliminate almost all federal and state oversight of their businesses.

Under the Obama administration, regulations prevented broadband providers from blocking, limiting or discriminating against lawful internet content. Telecommunications companies oppose the regulations.

Senate supporters of the net neutrality rules put forward the legislation under the Congressional Review Act, which permits Congress to revisit decisions by administrative agencies within a certain window of their approval. Markey (D-Mass.) said. "They know they won't ultimately be successful, but they want to campaign on their desire to add new regulations to the internet".

The topic of net neutrality was also used to make some astute observations about broader America. This was done by legally defining the internet as a utility like electric or heating fuel which should be accessible to all at a controlled price.

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