Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Senate votes to save net neutrality rules; Tester votes yes, Daines no

Senate Backs Efforts to Restore 'Net Neutrality' Senate Democrats push to block net neutrality repeal using Congressional Review Act
Jan Cook | 17 May, 2018, 07:02

Three Republicans joined all 49 Democrats to vote to keep the regulations in place, reversing the widely protested decision made by Ajit Pai's FCC back in December of previous year to repeal them.

The repeal effort led by Senate Democrats faces a major hurdle within the Home and an excellent higher one within the White Home, however Democrats hope to rally help from younger voters as they head to the poll field within the 2018 midterm elections. (Republican Senators Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and John Kennedy of Louisiana joined Democrats in pushing the bill through there.) Democrats would need all their members to vote in line - which is not certain - along with 22 Republicans.

Independent of the Senate action today, several states including Washington, Oregon, California and NY, have either proposed net neutrality-like legislation or sought to take legal action to nullify the FCC repeal. But it does send a very strong message to the FCC, ISPs, and the Trump Administration, while forcing individual legislators to cast a vote on the record. This stunning, consumer-harming retort to the FCC's decision was not about Net Neutrality but about common carrier regulation under Title II.

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"Net neutrality is the free speech issue of our time", said Sen.

This probably won't reverse the FCC's net neutrality rollback.

Roger Nishi, vice president of industry relations at Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom, said the federal regulations will not impact their services.

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A consortium of tech companies from Etsy to IAC, which operates Tinder and OKCupid, have banded together to create a campaign called "Red Alert", which supports the congressional vote and other efforts to preserve net neutrality.

For almost all of the past 10 years, the FCC has had in place rules that sought to guarantee net-neutrality protections. "(House Speaker Paul Ryan) should bring this resolution up for a vote immediately because it's too important of an issue to shelf. Internet access is a "necessity" and should be "affordable to every American, regardless of your ability to pay".

"Net Neutrality is like naming something fuzzy bunny rabbit". Calling on Congress to reject the resolution in favor of developing bipartisan legislation to replace the FCC rules, the groups argued that the CRA does "nothing" to address the data mining and other practices of tech companies who have come under growing scrutiny for their role in facilitating the spread of online misinformation and harassment.

Pai's opponents have said the rules are a necessary consumer protection as the internet has become more vital to supporting the economic livelihoods of everyday Americans.

While the Senate has signed off on the measure, it is still unclear if the measure will find much traction in the Republican-dominated House.

Republicans said the regulations threaten heavy-handed government intrusion that would stifle innovation on the internet. The internet has always been and should always be free and open.

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