Senate barely passes resolution to restore net neutrality

Senate barely passes resolution to restore net neutrality

"Other than health care and taxes, this is one of the issues that has motivated most grassroots activity, " he said.

The measure, which is backed by all 49 Democrats and Republican Sen. Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, as well as three Republicans - Susan Collins of Maine, John Kennedy of Louisiana and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., called it a "highly politicized campaign" that was filled with "fear-mongering hypotheticals, misdirection and outright false claims". The measure will now go to the House, where it faces a tough road and the necessity of getting 25 Republicans to join all Congressional Democrats in voting for the bill.

Today's the big day for the Senate's big push to undo the FCC's "Restoring Internet Freedom" order nullifying 2015's net neutrality rules.

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

He urged lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to support the House effort, as well as called on "everyone who believes in a free and open internet" to press their members of Congress to back the resolution.

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Pai, the FCC chairman, expressed confidence the Democrats' effort would eventually fail. But the House isn't likely to take it up. Wednesday's vote comes ahead of the FCC date set for the end of net neutrality: June 11. Without net neutrality rules in place, ISPs could discriminate against certain publishers and web services, while promoting others. Democrats think the fight to restore the rules could be a political victor during November's congressional midterm elections even if the effort is unsuccessful because it will force Republicans to vote against reinstating the rules. "If the Democrats want to run on regulating the Internet, I think that's a losing strategy", said Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., who sponsored the CRA resolution.

That matters little, though: until today, many Senators will have been able to largely stay silent on the issue, and a vote to support this highly unpopular rule may come back to bite them come midterms. It is not clear if the U.S. House will vote at all on the measure while the White House has said it is opposed. If successful, the legislative gambit could restore the agency's regulations and hand a victory to tech companies, activists and consumer advocacy groups.

Now 161 lawmakers in the House have voiced support for the CRA.

The vote, as part of the Congressional Review Act (CRA), is the culmination of what Sen.

The vote was a rare win for Democrats in the Republican-controlled Senate and a rebuke to regulators that approved a sweeping repeal of the Obama rules. Stonyfield has been outspoken about the negative impact that repealing net neutrality protections would have on rural businesses, including the farms and cooperatives that supply products to Stonyfield.

Polls also have showed strong public backing for net neutrality. According to data provided by Google, net neutrality regularly ranks among top political searches in each state.

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