Senate Vote to Restore Net Neutrality Seen as Win for Small Businesses

17 May, 2018, 06:59 | Author: Kathy Ellis
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The resolution targets the FCC's vote in December to repeal its net neutrality rules for internet providers.

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The Senate approved a resolution Wednesday to nullify the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rollback, dealing a symbolic blow to the FCC's new rule that remains on track to take effect next month.

"Today, we show the American people who sides with them, and who sides with the powerful special interests and corporate donors who are thriving under this administration", Markey said to the Senate. Tech companies and consumers decried the commission's action as a major reshaping of the internet, because it would allow broadband providers to create fast lanes for websites that pay to make sure their content gets priority delivery. Sen. Pai previously accused net neutrality supporters of being "hysterical" and openly mocked them.

If it ultimately passed by Congress and signed by President Trump, the net neutrality rules that the FCC had in place since 2015 would be restored, after the agency's Republican majority voted in December to repeal them.

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Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., speaks in favor of net neutrality regulations at a press conference.

"Try polling, instead, should the federal government have the authority to regulate the internet and regulate terms of service and pricing". Broadband providers support the general precepts of Net Neutrality including transparency, no blocking, and no unreasonable discrimination.

Protesters rally previous year outside the FCC in Washington in favor of net neutrality rules. The final vote was 52-47, as Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), John Kennedy (R-Louisiana), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) all crossed party lines to vote for the bill. 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".

Thune noted that he was "more than willing to enter into a debate to ideal this piece of legislation" rather than "waste more time, valuable time, in a cloud of uncertainty where one FCC to the next continues to change the rules".

That was evident Wednesday as Democrats paraded to the Senate floor to give speeches in support of net neutrality while most Republicans were silent on the matter.

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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