Net Neutrality Gets Thumbs-Up from Senate

Susan Collins, a Republican from ME, to join their side. Angus King of ME and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, is not expected to pass in the House.

"Without this legislation big corporations can block Montanans from accessing the world's greatest source of information".

Kennedy added, "I just think there should be a free and open internet".

Plus, even if this measure does pass through both houses of Congress, it would have to be signed into law by Trump, who has spoken negatively of net neutrality, because of course he has.

This Senate vote was largely symbolic with little chance of actually restoring net neutrality.

Markey said net neutrality has worked for the smallest voices and the largest, but he said internet service providers are trying to change the rules to benefit their interests. The ISPs say they'll self-regulate, but don't hold your breath.

Wednesday's vote to still has some obstacles to face.

A number of net neutrality activists organized a "Red Alert" protest in the lead-up to the vote, with major websites directing their users to contact their congresspeople.

But in December, the Republican-controlled FCC board voted 3-2 to overturn the order.

This dearth of coverage may stem in part from the distraction of President Donald Trump, as since his election, media outlets have been laser-focused on his statements and actions. That means less competition.

Senate Democrats cheered the procedural vote. Pai has also argued the 2015 rules have stymied internet investment. In a functioning Congress, the center would be able to find agreement through compromise and enough votes to put an end to the damaging policy ping-pong that net neutrality has becomes. Now our broadband providers will tell you they will never do these things. "They include no illegal censorship, no throttling and no discrimination".

The overwhelming majority of Americans understand that strong net neutrality rules are the prerequisite for an open and citizen-friendly internet.

Net neutrality is a founding principle of the internet, which states that all internet traffic should be treated equal.

Citing that one in five Louisianans do not have a choice over their internet service provider, Sen. Collins had previously said she supported the underlying measure.

"That's what we're going back to: rules that were in place for two decades under a light-touch regulatory approach that allowed the internet to explode and prosper and grow", Thune said. The latest version of the agency's rules, from 2015, barred internet service providers from blocking, slowing, or giving preferential treatment to particular online sites or services. The repeal is due to go into effect on June 11, but Democrats have staged one last intervention.

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

  • Arturo Norris