Net Neutrality Gets Thumbs-Up from Senate


In what could represent a landmark moment, the US Senate has voted 52-47 to preserve net neutrality regulation introduced under Barack Obama, after the FCC repealed it last December. "I will continue working across the aisle to move this measure forward and support a level playing field for all of our people and businesses", Hassan added.

The 52-47 vote, which saw three Republicans vote against their own side, used the Congressional Review Act - one of the checks and balances specifically created to fix problems caused by government agencies headed up by people who think they cool, but they not.

As Democratic senators made a last-ditch effort to salvage net neutrality rules - which passed in the Senate - coverage by many media outlets is still nowhere to be found.

"Net neutrality is the lifeblood of the internet", Blumenthal said in speech on the Senate floor before the vote. If it fails, internet providers would be able to favor certain websites, by slowing them down or speeding them up. "And, they certainly don't want their internet providers making those decisions". The resolution now moves to the House.

"Outside Washington, net neutrality rules are popular", Public Knowledge Vice President Chris Lewis stated. However, Republicans have voted en masse to have these regulations repealed, alongside Trump's vociferous dismissal of the Obama-era development.

Sen. Schatz: Well, you never know until these things go to the vote, but we'd been in contact with Senator Kennedy and Senator Murkowski before the vote, so although you never know until the vote happens, we had warning that we might have exceeded people's expectations.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of NY thinks otherwise, saying in an interview that the vote reflects the people's choice and should not be undermined.

But in a detailed explainer about the battle to come, Fight for the Future, one of the consumer advocacy and net neutrality advocates that has led the charge so far, said the fight in the House will be an "uphill battle", but one that it intends to win.

"The internet should be kept free and open like our highways, accessible and affordable to every American, regardless of ability to pay", Schumer said.

Yesterday's Senate vote "throws into reverse our shared goal of maintaining an open, thriving Internet", said USTelecom, which represents AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink, and other telcos.

"The promise of an open internet is foundational to providing equitable learning opportunities to all students, not just those who can afford them", said Richard Culatta, CEO at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), in a prepared statement. And he stole the show when, in a dramatic scene that clues the audience in that the Republicans may actually lose, he appealed to the other side's better nature and made an impassioned plea for bipartisan legislation to fix the issue of net neutrality once and for all.