Senate saves net neutrality, now onto the House

Senate saves net neutrality, now onto the House

It only took a week in the Senate to go from petition to floor vote, but that period could be longer in the House depending on how the schedule works out. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) - enables Congress to overturn agency actions within a certain timeframe and by majority vote. "And, they certainly don't want their internet providers making those decisions".

But with that said she added, more than 50 percent of Americans don't have a choice for high speed internet.

Repealing net neutrality rules was one of Pai's primary objectives when he was appointed as chairman of the Commission by President Trump previous year.

Senators were able to force a vote on net neutrality today through the Congressional Review Act (CRA).

Just minutes after the final Senate vote was cast, advocacy groups began encouraging Americans to pressure their representatives to back net neutrality by signing on to the discharge petition Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) plans to file Thursday morning.

"It's time for Speaker Ryan to do his job and let us vote in the House", Welch said. He said those who don't support maintaining net neutrality will be held accountable at the polls in November.

Supporters portrayed themselves as defenders of the rights of Americans to unfettered access to the internet by keeping protections in place that they said would prevent telecommunications companies from serving as gatekeepers for online content.




In December, the FCC repealed the net neutrality rules.

Both Thune and Schumer alluded to the fact that net neutrality is popular with voters, with Thune painting the vote as an "attempt to gain partisan advantage" because "people seem to think will be useful in the upcoming election".

"Net Neutrality is like naming something fuzzy bunny rabbit". Even though it's "very likely" consumers won't see a change in Internet service soon, "people understand that a free and open internet is worth fighting for". Twenty-three attorney's general have filed a lawsuit to stop the repeal of the rules. In other cases, the provider can negotiate with a website for "fast lanes" to users.

It remains to be seen how internet providers will treat government entities, nonprofit entities and others once net neutrality rules are repealed.

Pai argued that the Obama-era commission was too heavy handed with its regulation and stifled small internet service providers.

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.

Thune, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation mentioned he helps a ban on blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization of web site visitors, however reverting to the antiquated legal guidelines as Democrats need "solely delays concrete protections for a free and open web".

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