Senate OK's bill in bid to retain net neutrality

Senate OK's bill in bid to retain net neutrality

With the FCC rules set to expire on June 11, 30 states have introduced net neutrality protection legislation, although regulation-averse Texas isn't one of them. John Boozman, R-Ark., said in a written statement. The FCC said in repealing it last December that it was simply restoring the "light-touch framework" that has governed the internet for most of its existence.

The U.S. Senate Wednesday voted to save net neutrality by overturning a decision made by the Federal Communications Commission to repeal the regulations made in 2015 under President Barack Obama. Such a vote was made possible under the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to review new regulations with a majority vote. In Spotify's pre-IPO filing in February, the company said laws limiting "internet neutrality" could 'decrease user demand for our service and increase our cost of doing business'. Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, as well as three Republicans - Susan Collins of Maine, John Kennedy of Louisiana and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Brown (D): "Net neutrality is about keeping the internet accessible for small businesses, students, entrepreneurs, startups, and Ohioans looking for jobs".

With voting still ongoing, supporters had 51 votes to proceed to the bill while 46 Republicans have voted no. His reform efforts have previously had support from President Donald Trump, who would need to sign the resolution before it could take effect, in addition to the House approval. The CTIA, USTelecom and the NCTA earlier sent a joint letter to senators asking them to vote against the measure.

Under the original net neutrality rule, internet service providers were also banned from providing faster internet access and preferred services to companies for extra fees - so called "fast lanes". Tech giants such as Google and Facebook have been vocal in their support for the retention of the rules. "It doesn't make sense to apply outdated rules from 1934 to the Internet, but that's exactly what the prior Administration did".

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Polls have shown strong public backing for Net neutrality.

Before the vote, Senator Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, urged fellow senators to disregard the "armies of lobbyists marching the halls of Congress on behalf of big internet service providers".

"Today is a monumental day", said Democratic senator Edward Markey during a debate.

Net neutrality's repeal has stirred passions and controversy, as proponents warn of an impending era of online content being blocked, slowed down or otherwise discriminated against, under the FCC's planned changes.

A major objection about the Net neutrality rules was the FCC's decision to classify broadband as a more highly regulated utilitylike service under Title 2 of federal telecommunications law.

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