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Senate approves bipartisan resolution to restore FCC net neutrality rules
June 23 2018, 04:46 | Alonzo Simpson
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The FCC in December repealed rules set under Democratic President Barack Obama that barred internet service providers from blocking or slowing access to content or charging consumers more for certain content. If both the House and Senate vote to overturn the FCC decision, that will focus attention squarely on the White House-putting pressure on the president to reconsider and, if he does not, assuring that net neutrality will be an issue in the 2020 presidential election. Poll numbers can move, and other issues may leave net neutrality a dim memory, so there's no certainty it will play a role in how the House votes.
Although it's a major victory for activisists and consumer advocacy groups all around the country, the resolution must be passed by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and signed by Trump in order for it to be enacted.
There has been a ton of public support for Net Neutrality over the a year ago, making it a hard issue for politicians to ignore. Earlier this year, a coalition of 23 attorneys general, including Connecticut's Attorney General George Jepsen sued to stop the rollback of net neutrality.
Wednesday's Senate vote on a resolution to reinstate net neutrality protections ended 52 in favor and 47 against. "Independent studies all say that net neutrality protections haven't hurt a thing".
He and other supporters of the rules argue that they will prevent AT&T Inc., Comcast Corp. and other Internet service providers from acting as gatekeepers for Americans' online access. "At BestVPN.com, we stand side by side with companies and citizens around the world in opposition to the FCC's decision". They have done this despite FCC instructions that states create no new rules.
The exceptional triumph for Democrats is definitely short lived with a homogenous resolution anticipated to terminate in the house where Republicans have prodigious majority. No doubt she feels it's time for Congress to step in and make some definitive ruling on the net-neutrality issue.
"Restoring the FCC's net neutrality rules will ensure that the Internet will remain open", Collins said in an email. Keep a watch on the voting for and against net neutrality.
"This is a turning point in the movement", said Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz, according to CNET.
Still, Democrats are already using their messaging in campaign material.
SCOTT TAYLOR: So it's important that Republicans have a clear and concise message to tell them why net neutrality, while it sounds good and maybe it's even well-intended, is not the right answer for them. "ACA members have no incentive or ability to harm upstream edge and content providers, and, quite frankly, just as in the video programming world, ACA members are more likely to be leveraged by edge players, to the detriment of ISPs' customers".
Democrats were undeterred. They see their effort as something that will energize young voters who value unfettered access to the internet.