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Effort to reinstate net neutrality

Effort to reinstate net neutrality

Three Republican Senators voted with all 49 Democrats in the chamber to pass a measure TODAY (5/16) to repeal the FCC's new rules that dismantled net neutrality. Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and John Kennedy (La.). It's unlikely to get support in the Republican-controlled U.S. House, or to survive the veto pen of President Donald Trump.

"When we talk about a free and open Internet, we mean it is free from corporate control", he said.

Republicans, including Pai, have been opposed to the net neutrality rules, saying it's an example of unnecessary government regulation that they fear could stymie investment in telecommunication infrastructure. However, Democrats were able to garner sufficient support to force a vote on the resolution in the Senate. The FCC said in repealing it last December that it was simply restoring the "light-touch framework" that has governed the internet for most of its existence. Should the rollback actually happen, the internet will probably look a lot more like cable TV, with content bundles and "premium" packages.

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"This vote was necessary to undo the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) December 2017 decision to end net neutrality protections". The Open Internet Order used existing FCC classifications to label internet service providers as common carriers, which still allowed them to their own rates or give notice of service offering changes.

Under the original net neutrality rule, internet service providers were also banned from providing faster internet access and preferred services to companies for extra fees - so called "fast lanes". That's not impossible - net neutrality has broad support from voters in both parties - but even then, the chances of the bill making it through the White House are slim. The FCC decision to repeal the regulations was supposed to go into effect on June 11. Senator Ed Markey of MA argued that "net neutrality is the free speech issue of our time", according to Ars Technica.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell says a Democratic-led attempt to reinstate Obama-era net neutrality rules would "overregulate" the internet.

Bi-partisan legislation to secure the precepts of Net Neutrality is feasible, but instead the Democrats prefer to showboat with the CRA. They say just trust us. We're not accepting anything less than real net neutrality.

Lotz said it is hard to predict how it will play out, but expects that over the course of the first year it is possible that users will start to notice changes in their access to certain web services or their bills as internet service providers set up agreements with companies like Netflix or others.

Deemed "the most important vote for the internet in the history of the US Senate" by author Senator Ed Markey, a Democrat from MA, the resolution would reverse the FCC's December 2017 repeal of net neutrality rules that were put in place in 2015.

Citing that one in five Louisianans do not have a choice over their internet service provider, Sen.


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