Senate Votes To Override FCC's Net Neutrality Changes

Jeannie Matthews
May 17, 2018

But following several days of campaigning on the issue, three Republican senators were ultimately persuaded to vote in favor of the proposal - Susan Collins (R-ME), John Kennedy (R-LA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) - which was approved 52 votes to 47 and will now move to the House for review.

In order to stop the FCC's rollback of net neutrality before it officially starts next month, the resolution will need approval from the House of Representatives as well as President's Trump's signature.

More Tech: Net-neutrality is over.

"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.

Republicans said the regulations threaten heavy-handed government intrusion that would stifle innovation on the internet. It has drawn far less support in the House of Representatives, and Trump is unlikely to sign a resolution that would effectively rebuke his FCC chairman.

Capito told MetroNews in December said the repeal of net neutrality would spur development of Internet services. Leading up to the FCC's vote, though, many media outlets were shockingly silent on the repercussions of upending consumer protections on internet access.

In fact, Small Business Majority's scientific opinion polling found 56 percent of small business owners oppose the FCC's repeal of net neutrality, with almost 4 in 10 strongly opposing the repeal.

Equally as predictably, Commissioner JESSICA ROSENWORCEL took the opposite position from PAI, with a statement reading "Today the UNITED STATES Senate took a big step to fix the serious mess the FCC made when it rolled back net neutrality late previous year".

After the FCC's December vote, North Dakota Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer said the debate over "poorly named "net neutrality" rules has turned into a unsafe political mudslinging match".

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However, Cruz maintained that net neutrality is predominantly only a big issue for "hardcore activists who hate the president", and he credited much of its widespread popularity to having a "clever name that sounds positive and beneficial".

"Maintaining an open internet through net neutrality helps ensure fair and equal access to broadband for both entrepreneurs and consumers alike". Thune and other Republican lawmakers have proposed their own net neutrality legislation.

The vote, which was brought to the Senate floor through "an obscure legislative tool" called the Congressional Act introduced by Sen.

"We're just going to keep operating as we have been", Nishi said.

"This is our chance-our best chance-to make sure the internet stays accessible and affordable for all Americans", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY.

Alaska's other senator, Dan Sullivan, said he agrees with that.

Citing that one in five Louisianans do not have a choice over their internet service provider, Sen.

Earlier this year, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman launched an investigation into the FCC's public comment page on net neutrality being stacked with pro-repeal comments made under stolen identities, some from people who were deceased.

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