US Senate votes to save net neutrality

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"I have voted to pass this resolution today so that we can reset the discussion and move beyond the politics at play here to what is really needed - lasting legislation that will provide certainty and move us beyond shifting regulatory standards that depend on who is running the FCC", Murkowski said.

Senate Democrats, led by Ed Markey of MA, used the Congressional Review Act-an oversight tool that permits Congress to repeal rulings made by agencies such as the FCC-to force Wednesday's vote.

Senate Democrats are seeking to make net neutrality a central issue in November's midterm election by putting Republicans on the record against an issue that most Americans support.

The 2015 rules were meant to ensure a free and open internet, give consumers equal access to Web content and bar broadband service providers from favoring their own material or others'. The resolution also requires the approval and signature of President Donald Trump, who has spoken against a resolution of this nature in the past.

Net neutrality restricts internet service providers from slowing down or speeding up access to certain websites. It is not the final victory, mind you, but the bipartisan vote to overturn the Trump administration's assault on the first amendment of the Internet signals that this fight can and will be won.

Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO thanked the Senators for their work in protecting a free and open internet.

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Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy voted with all other Senate Democrats and three Republicans to overturn the Federal Communication Commission's Restoring Internet Freedom Order, which took net neutrality rules off the books. The threshold Democrats must reach to force a bill on the House floor is much higher than in the Senate.

But, for now, net neutrality lives.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Wednesday that the solution was for lawmakers to draft Net neutrality legislation "that would safeguard consumers but still prevent regulators from stifling innovation".

Chairman Ajit Pai, who led the repeal effort, contends that the regulations depressed investment - a claim disputed by net neutrality proponents. Some of those internet service providers, including Comcast, Time-Warner and Verizon, are among the largest and wealthiest companies in America.

In the short space of time since the ruling, many people in the United States have been doing their best to reverse the decision.

DAVIS: Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers offer a level playing field for access. "I'll keep raising a ruckus to support net neutrality and I hope others will too", she said, looking directly into the camera. "The internet was free and open before 2015, when the prior FCC buckled to political pressure from the White House and imposed utility-style regulation on the internet, and it will continue to be free and open once the Restoring Internet Freedom Order takes effect on June 11".

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