Sunday, 22 July, 2018

Senate Vote Says Net Neutrality Can Stay Around a Little Longer

Sammi Le Master helps to dismantle a large alarm clock display that reads Senate Democrats push to block net neutrality repeal using Congressional Review Act
Jodi Jackson | 17 May, 2018, 06:59

The vote will happen around 3 p.m. ET/noon PT today, but the Senate is already underway discussing it. Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, as well as three Republicans - Susan Collins of Maine, John Kennedy of Louisiana and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Democrats invoked the Congressional Review Act (CRA) of 1996, which enables the legislature to override regulations within 60 days of them being enacted.

He said the internet thrived long before the Obama administration stepped in, and he predicted that when the Trump administration's rule scrapping net neutrality goes into effect in June, consumers will not notice a change in service. The ISPs say they'll self-regulate, but don't hold your breath.

Net neutrality prevents internet service providers from charging higher prices for access to different types of content - video or social media, for example - or establishing "fast lanes" for companies that pay more for quicker access to their sites.

Members of the Sunlight Foundation, Electronic Freedom Foundation, American Civil Liberties Union and other organizations also tweeted in support of net neutrality following the vote, and urged the House of Representatives to follow suit. The House won't pass it and Trump would veto it, Thune said.

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However, Cruz maintained that net neutrality is predominantly only a big issue for "hardcore activists who hate the president", and he credited much of its widespread popularity to having a "clever name that sounds positive and beneficial".

Opponents of net neutrality describe the policy as overly restrictive, and regularly point out that the Internet "grew up" without such rules in place.

For almost all of the past 10 years, the FCC has had in place rules that sought to guarantee net-neutrality protections.

The CRA requires Senate and House to submit the resolution itself, in the former's case Joint Resolution 52, after which a certain number of people to sign off on what's called a discharge petition, actually forces a vote.

In the meantime, more than 20 states have filed lawsuits to save the standard and in places like New Jersey, Washington and California, state legislators have proposed legislation establishing net neutrality rules within their respective state borders. "This bill will restore a free and open internet, putting businesses, classrooms, and health care just a click away". Mississippi Republican Roger Wicker argued that net neutrality resulted in heavy-handed government regulation that stifled innovation.

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. In fact, Mr. Schumer suggests the Internet might be "free [] like our highways".

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