Senate votes to reverse FCC order repealing net neutrality rules

Senate votes to reverse FCC order repealing net neutrality rules

Senate votes to reverse FCC order repealing net neutrality rules

They did it. Senate Democrats, two independents, and three Republicans succeeded in passing a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to overturn the 2017 FCC's overturn of the 2015 FCC's net neutrality regulations.

The agency previous year eliminated Obama-era rules forbidding internet service providers from blocking or slow web traffic.

"I have heard from thousands of West Virginians who want an internet that is free of content-based discrimination and support increased reliable, affordable internet access throughout our state", stated U.S. Senator Joe Manchin. Council's governance committee authorized further discussion of Councilman Manny Pelaez's proposal to require Internet providers that do business with the city not to block or prioritize traffic on their networks.

Democrats in the Senate could prevail in a vote as they have at least 50 votes with all of their party on board, plus Sen.

The measure is unlikely to gain traction in the House as it lacks support from Republican leaders.

The repeal goes into effect on June 11.

Wyden's office said in a news release that the senator has led the fight for an open internet for more than a decade, authoring the first strong net neutrality bill in the Senate in 2006. Alaska's Lisa Murowski, Louisiana's John Kennedy, and Maine's Susan Collins supported to bring the vote to 52-47.

Republicans like Rep. Scott Taylor of Virginia think Democrats are wrong on the policy of net neutrality, and that eliminating FCC rules will expand competition and consumer choice.

Kamala Harris, a Democratic Senator from California, tweeted, "Today's vote on #Net Neutrality is one of the most impactful votes the U.S. Senate has ever taken on the future of the internet". Will we stand with the American public, who understand why net neutrality is vital, or will we side with those who wish to control how we use the internet?

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said he was disappointed that Democrats forced the measure through the Senate, but said he's ultimately "confident that their effort to reinstate heavy-handed government regulation of the Internet will fail".

More promising efforts include several lawsuits against the FCC's repeal order on the charge that the policymaking process was flawed (such as accepting millions of fraudulent comments in favor of repeal). Net neutrality advocates believe that the FTC's authority to do so is weaker than that of the FCC.

Prior to the Senate vote, lobbyists for cable companies, telecoms, and mobile phone companies stated that legislation is unnecessary, and that internet service providers will self-regulate within the industry, a point that Democrats argued was false, citing the industry's recent practices of throttling and data prioritization.

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