U.S. Senate Votes to Restore Net Neutrality, Now Expected to Face Major Hurdle in House

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The United States Senate today voted to repeal the Federal Communication Commission's "Restoring Internet Freedom" order, which was enacted last December and reverses Obama-era Net Neutrality rules. Today's decision ended with a vote of 52-47 in favor of restoring Net Neutrality protections, with supporters totaling all 47 Democratic Senators, two independents, and three Republican Senators.

The Senate Democrats used the Congressional Review Act to call for the vote to halt Net Neutrality's repeal. The law gives Congress 60 days to review and potentially reverse regulations passed by a federal agency, in this case the FCC.


Under the act, the decision will now move onto the House of Representatives, where it's expected to not make it past the Republican-majority House. If the measure ultimately makes it to President Trump's desk, it's likewise believed that he wouldn't back the decision to go against a regulation created by his own FCC chairman Ajit Pai.

Net Neutrality has been an increasingly heated debate since momentum gathered in the Republican-controlled FCC last fall, predicting the repeal of the rules that eventually came in December. If the new efforts fail, Net Neutrality rules will officially end in the U.S. in less than a month, on June 11, 2018.

The reversal of Net Neutrality protections classifies internet service providers as "information service" providers, as they were prior to the advent of Net Neutrality in 2015. While supporters of the rollback describe the move as a return to a less-regulated internet, opponents fear that ISPs will be able to slow down internet speeds -- or block access completely -- to any website they see as a competitor.

Some ISPs have come out stating they would not slow down a user's internet in any way, including AT&T. In January, the carrier pledged a commitment "to an open internet" in an open letter written by CEO Randall Stephenson. The letter explained that AT&T has not and does not plan to block websites, censor online content, or throttle, discriminate, and degrade network performance based on a website's contents, although Stephenson didn't mention some topics of concern for Net Neutrality supporters like online fast lanes and "paid prioritization."

Apple's comment on the topic last year stated that the Net Neutrality repeal could "fundamentally alter the internet as we know it," and if it passed it would be put in place to the detriment of consumers, competition, and innovation. Around the same time last August, the FCC received a record-breaking 22 million comments from the public who voiced their opinions on the controversial issue in the months leading up to the December vote.

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palebluedot

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I still do not understand how a political issue which 90% of Americans do not agree with gets forced upon us.

Once again, the big corporations continue to have their way. Keep filling up that swamp.
Gerrymandering. Hence the only 3 votes from the GOP in support.

(Also to any posts that follow, please know what ISOC/IANA/ICANN are before you post in this thread).
 

thekeyring

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I still do not understand how a political issue which 90% of Americans do not agree with gets forced upon us.

Once again, the big corporations continue to have their way. Keep filling up that swamp.
This is the most surprising thing - it's not an opinion based on one party or another. If the Republican party doesn't restore net neutrality, then they will be acting against what the vast majority of Republican voters actually want.
 

lunarworks

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I still do not understand how a political issue which 90% of Americans do not agree with gets forced upon us.

Once again, the big corporations continue to have their way. Keep filling up that swamp.
An issue which 90% of American do not understand, and big corporations (AT&T, Comcast, et al.) were in favour of the bill the senate is trying to repeal today.

Keep drinking that kool-ade.
 

Stella

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People would be up in arms if utility companies started adding on extra charges depending on what you use the resource for. Extra $5 for using dish washer, 4k TV for example.

Strangely, some people are quite happy in letting ISPs do just this for data usage. Odd.

Each bit of data should be equal, not matter what it is used for.
 
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brendu

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I still do not understand how a political issue which 90% of Americans do not agree with gets forced upon us.

Once again, the big corporations continue to have their way. Keep filling up that swamp.
Sadly, 90% of Americans don’t support NN. WAY too many Americans don’t understand the issue at all.
 
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redbeard331

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This is the most surprising thing - it's not an opinion based on one party or another. If the Republican party doesn't restore net neutrality, then they will be acting against what the vast majority of Republican voters actually want.
They are pretty open about how they only give a damn about what the oligarchs who control them want.
 

Mac 128

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I wish I could be more optimistic about this... But this will never pass the House in this current administration.
Even if it did, Trump will almost certainly veto it, and I seriously doubt the House and Senate can muster a majority to overturn the veto, even if they're willing to try.
 

theheadguy

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Under the act, the decision will now move onto the House of Representatives, where it's expected to not make it past the Republican-majority House. If the measure ultimately makes it to President Trump's desk, it's likewise believed that he wouldn't back the decision to go against a regulation created by his own FCC chairman Ajit Pai.
Respectfully, it should be known by now that there is almost no way to predict this president's actions. It's very possible that he would go against his own people. Otherwise, I think this story is accurate.
 
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itsmilo

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Even if it did, Trump will almost certainly veto it, and I seriously doubt the House and Senate can muster a majority to overturn the veto, even if they're willing to try.
So all this act and potatoe can still decide on his own at the end? That system is rigged
 

NightGeometry

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I keep wondering if this happens if Apple, Google and facebook would consider just buying one of your large ISPs (I would guess between them they could muster the cash), and then charge Fox (for example), 100x as much as they charge everyone else for transport fees.

How long would it take before net neutrality were restored..?
 
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