Senate Repeals Attack on Net Neutrality with Help from Cantwell and Murray

Senate Repeals Attack on Net Neutrality with Help from Cantwell and Murray

Senate Repeals Attack on Net Neutrality with Help from Cantwell and Murray

"This issue presents a stark contrast: Are you on the side of the large internet and cable companies, or are you on the side of the average American family", Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said. "And, they certainly don't want their internet providers making those decisions".

Sarah Morris, director of open internet policy at New America's Open Technology Institute, who helped organize the protest, said the American people were heard today.

Repealing net neutrality rules was one of Pai's primary objectives when he was appointed as chairman of the Commission by President Trump a year ago.

But before you break out the champagne realize that the House of Representatives is unlikely to take up the measure and join the Senate.

The United States Senate has just voted to restore net neutrality regulations, which the FCC voted in December to eliminate.

"It's time for Speaker Ryan to do his job and let us vote in the House", Welch said.

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.

But the Democrats on the FCC board, Jessica Rosenworcel and Mignon Clyburn, their counterparts in the Senate, and groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation say Pai's position isn't about increasing innovation or competition.

The measure, which was backed by all 49 Democrats and Republican Sens.

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., speaks in favor of net neutrality regulations at a press conference.

Burlington Telecom vowed in December to remain committed to net neutrality practices despite the federal change.

Thune noted that he was "more than willing to enter into a debate to ideal this piece of legislation" rather than "waste more time, valuable time, in a cloud of uncertainty where one FCC to the next continues to change the rules". "A free and open internet is one of our society's great equalizers and I will continue to fight for citizens' access to it".

But the FCC's move has stirred fears among consumer advocates that cable and phone giants will be free to block access to services they don't like or set up "fast lanes" for preferred services - in turn, relegating everyone else to "slow lanes".

Republicans countered that the rules are heavy-handed and an example of government overregulation, and they accused Democrats of using the issue to fire up young voters ahead of this fall's elections.

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. Without net neutrality rules in place, ISPs could discriminate against certain publishers and web services, while promoting others.

There are two major elements of the Restoring Internet Freedom Order.

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