Senate Vote to Restore Net Neutrality Seen as Win for Small Businesses

Senate Vote to Restore Net Neutrality Seen as Win for Small Businesses

The resolution being offered by Democrats passed with the support of all 49 members of the Democratic caucus and three Republicans - Senators Collins, R-Maine, John Kennedy, R-La., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska.

Or so the Net neutrality advocates insist.

"I don't think we can expect that our experience of the internet will be radically different the next day", she said. "The internet has always been and should always be free and open", Manchin said in a statement. But ultimately, I'm confident that their effort to reinstate heavy-handed government regulation of the Internet will fail.

The resolution's fate is uncertain in the House and it's unlikely to have President Donald Trump's support, the Washington Post reported. Enacted in 2015 under Obama, it was repealed by the Trump Administration's FCC, which said that the prior light-touch regulations that existed before Obama would lead to free market solutions to any access problems that might develop.

Net neutrality rules hurt the small rural internet companies the most, like MTA or TelAlaska.

The Federal Communications Commission voted to overturn the rule last December.

The rules bar internet service providers such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from interfering with internet traffic by picking and choosing which types of data get sent quickly, and which types are either throttled or blocked. Net neutrality is important because it prevents internet providers from charging more for fast access to content, or from blocking or slowing down access to content.

Net Neutrality protections have broad bipartisan support among voters across the country. A recent poll showed that 83% of Americans oppose the FCC's action to repeal net neutrality rules.


Attorney General TJ Donovan has also signed onto a multi-state lawsuit challenging the FCC's rollback of the rules.

Fox Business and One American News Network, a decidedly pro-Trump outlet known for pushing conspiracy theories, aired full reports of the net neutrality vote.

Senate Democrats, joined by three Republicans, pushed through a measure Wednesday meant to revive Obama-era internet rules that ensured equal treatment for all web traffic, though opposition in the House and the White House seems insurmountable.

He said consumers are already frustrated with their internet providers, whether it's getting slapped with hidden fees, paying for the cost of installation or watching their bills go up after a promotional period ends.

"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.

CRA resolutions allow Congress to overturn regulatory actions taken by federal agencies with a simple majority vote in both chambers.

And while some internet service providers have promised to be good to consumers if net neutrality goes away, Schatz said the only avenue to stop a corporation from "doing all the wrong things" is hold them accountable under the law.

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