Senate likely to vote Wednesday to restore net neutrality

Senate likely to vote Wednesday to restore net neutrality

It couldn't favor one type over another or charge some content providers more than others.

On Wednesday, in a 52-47 vote, 49 Democrats and Republicans Sen.

Republicans like Rep. Scott Taylor of Virginia think Democrats are wrong on the policy of net neutrality, and that eliminating FCC rules will expand competition and consumer choice.

If the vote fails and Net Neutrality is stripped away, internet service providers will have free rein to impose fast lanes, as well as the blocking and slowing of websites so long as the user is given notice.

The replacement rules, which go into effect next month, have a lighter-touch to enforcement.

"Will we stand with the American public, who understand why net neutrality is vital, or will we side with those who wish to control how we use the internet?" Sen.

Pai, the FCC chairman, expressed confidence the Democrats' effort would eventually fail. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., urged the House to take up the issue quickly. "Repealing net neutrality threatens that equal internet and could pose new economic challenges and harm rural communities". He believes the issue will energize Democratic voters in the midterm elections and help the party capture seats now held by Republicans.

"The Senate vote, on the eve of midterms, could have significant political effects", said Marc Martin, a telecom lawyer at Perkins Coie in Washington. Ed Markey, D-Mass., who sponsored the CRA resolution.

Many politicians are convinced the issue will help motivate younger people to vote in the 2018 congressional elections and numerous polls show overwhelming public support.

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Still, it is unclear what fate may await the measure in the House.

Collins announced her support in January, but Kennedy and Murkowski had been undecided. "(The Communications Act of 1934) regulations that put consumers first".

Announcing that Democrats would force a vote on the repeal of net neutrality, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said in a statement, "Soon the American people will know which side their member of Congress is on: fighting for big corporations and ISPs or defending small business owners, entrepreneurs, middle-class families, and everyday consumers".

"Why aren't we debating a bipartisan bill instead of a partisan resolution?" he asked. "A big part of this is continuing to support things we believe in but also raising awareness and ensuring that people are aware that Congress has the opportunity to act here".

On the other hand, a Democratic-led CRA is a direct, partisan attack on the administration, which has supported this FCC's actions, and would cause return to Obama-era rules, which few Republicans would relish. "It is unclear, as a matter of law, whether the CRA can repeal an "order" as opposed to a "rule'", he said in a statement".

"Net neutrality" doesn't make for catchy campaign slogans, but there are indicators that voters are clocking this issue.

What is the net neutrality CRA?

The Senate approved a resolution Wednesday that aims to undo a sweeping act of deregulation undertaken past year by the Federal Communications Commission, issuing a rebuke to the Trump administration, which supported the FCC's move.

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