Senate Democrats push to block net neutrality repeal using Congressional Review Act

The Senate is set to vote Wednesday to repeal changes to net neutrality rules that were recently adopted by the Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission

Senate Democrats push to block net neutrality repeal using Congressional Review Act

Net neutrality is the principle that all traffic on the internet should basically be treated the same.

This wouldn't be the end of the effort's struggles, however, as it is unknown whether the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives will even vote on the issue or President Trump would impart his required signature on the matter. "Our communities need expanded internet speeds, not the greater restrictions and additional payments that could happen as a result of repealing net neutrality".

Wednesday's measure is backed by all 47 Senate Democrats, as well as Senator Angus King of Maine and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, both Independents who caucus with Democrats and rarely vote outside their party lines, and Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins.

The resolution, which was introduced by Sen. Susan Collins of ME, is set to pass the Senate and then be sent to the GOP-led House, where it'll likely go nowhere - and President Donald Trump is unlikely to back it.

The list, organized by New America's Open Technology Institute, was signed by a number of companies used everyday be internet users including: Etsy, Foursquare, Imgur, Medium, Pinterest, Shutterstock, TripAdvisor, Reddit, Yelp, Tumblr, Warby Parker, and Vimeo, among others. "For a small business like mine - and I think probably numerous small farms that Stonyfield is sourcing milk from - everything is internet-based now", said Roger Noonan, President of the New England Farmers Union.

Read original story Will Senate Vote to Block Net Neutrality Rollback Today? "A vote against this resolution will be a vote to protect large corporations and special interests, leaving the American public to pay the price". They reportedly sought to address legal ambiguity caused by previous open internet regulations, which were struck down by courts.

The FCC voted 3-2 to roll back numerous existing net neutrality rules, including those prohibiting internet service providers from blocking or throttling of content, or from selling so-called "fast lanes" for speedier access to consumers. The FCC also repealed the regulatory underpinning for the rules, in which internet service was classified as a common carrier.

"Americans will still be able to access websites they want to visit, they will still be able to enjoy the services they want to enjoy".

"The internet should be kept free and open like our highways, accessible and affordable to every American, regardless of ability to pay" said Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer. "This is the way things were prior to 2015, and how they will be once again".

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