US Senate passes resolution to overturn FCC net neutrality reform

The US Senate votes in favour of restoring the FCC's net-neutrality rules

Council Takes First Step to Enforcing Net Neutrality in San Antonio

Pai is seen here speaking to the House Appropriations Committee earlier this year.

Shortly after today's council action, three Republicans in the U.S. Senate joined with Democrats in a vote to repeal the FCC's anti-net neutrality ruling.

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

"This is our chance, our best chance to make sure the internet stays accessible and affordable to all Americans", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from NY. Susan Collins, R-Maine. It also has the support of Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the Web, and a number of businesses and organizations, from Reddit and Tumblr to Wikimedia. The FCC's repeal of #NetNeutrality threatens to take that away.

After the vote, a group of Democratic lawmakers from the House and Senate had a news conference praising the passage of the measure in the Senate.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai said he was disappointed by the Senate vote. Once there, the caucus would need a simple majority to adopt the resolution - and with Collins, it has 50 votes. Republican Senator John McCain was absent because of illness. If the CRA is approved by the House and signed by President Donald Trump, internet service providers would have to continue following rules that prohibit blocking, throttling and paid prioritization, VOA wrote. The president has already signed more than a dozen CRAs, but those were aimed at doing their more common work, of reversing the work of a previous administration.

The US Senate votes in favour of restoring the FCC's net-neutrality rules
VOA: US Senate votes to restore net neutrality

The resolution has to pass in the House, to keep moving forward. Tech companies have been signaling that the repeal of net neutrality could lead to significant financial consequences.

Yesterday (16 May) was another victory for those who wish to retain net neutrality and avoid a future where the internet is multi-tiered and stacked against those who can not afford the fastest connections.

The FCC's move has also sparked legal challenges.

Net Neutrality protesters in Philadelphia.

But many politicians are convinced the issue will help motivate younger people to vote in the 2018 congressional elections and numerous polls show overwhelming public support for retaining the Obama-era net neutrality rules.

"We will take a stand to protect our online economy, or we will say goodbye to the Internet as we know it", said Sen. The Washington Post reported that the senate approved a resolution on Wednesday, targeting the FCC's December decision. "It will allow internet service providers and cable companies to dictate the winners and losers in the digital world and it will give a very small number of market players near-limitless power, stifling the rights of citizens that can not afford to play by their rules". "But ultimately, I'm confident that their effort to reinstate heavy-handed government regulation of the Internet will fail", he said in a statement. "Let's treat the internet like the public good that it is".

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