US Senate approves bill in bid to retain net neutrality

Senate Democrats push to block net neutrality repeal using Congressional Review Act

"This is our chance, our best chance, to make sure the internet stays accessible and affordable for all Americans", he said as the debate began. But two other Republicans - Sen.

Senate Democrats won a vote to preserve net neutrality regulations, a victory for a measure that still faces obstacles to becoming law but could appeal to young voters and boost the party in mid-term elections. Three Republicans - Senators Susan Collins of Maine, John Kennedy of Louisiana and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - broke with their party to support the measure. But, he cautioned, it remains unclear how many voters will actually be motivated by net neutrality to go to the polls. A vote is scheduled for this afternoon on whether to repeal that order, though as of this writing the coalition is still one vote shy of making it happen. There, Democrats need 25 Republicans to agree to force a vote, but there it would likely be shot down.

In December, the FCC voted to overturn a regulation put in place in 2015, codifying net neutrality as official policy. The measure can not be filibustered in the Senate. And now, House Republicans will have a choice: To be on the side of the American people; or hold hands with President (Donald) Trump and his big corporate and lobbyist cronies.

The net neutrality regulations, imposed on broadband companies such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast in 2015, banned the industry from blocking or slowing down websites. Telecommunications companies oppose the regulations.

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Senator Hassan speaks with Stonyfield employees about the negative impact that repealing net neutrality would have on rural businesses.

Broken down by political party, 89 percent of Democrats opposed the repeal, along with 75 percent of Republicans, suggesting GOP candidates will face a hard choice when it comes to publicly siding with the Trump administration or voters on the issue during what could be a hard midterm season for Republicans.

But Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., who on Wednesday attempted to have the CRA set aside and his own legislation draft considered, said in a statement, "This vote was about politics, not protecting net neutrality". If successful in the House, it would then go to President Trump's desk to await his signature, although the President's support is unlikely, despite the amount of time he spends on the Internet. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) - enables Congress to overturn agency actions within a certain timeframe and by majority vote.

The 2015 rules were meant to ensure a free and open internet, give consumers equal access to Web content and bar broadband service providers from favoring their own material or others'. "The grandparents, the gamers, the gearheads, the geeks, the gif-makers, the Generations X, Y, and Z. This movement to save net neutrality is made up of every walk of American life", he said. "Unfortunately, it's only going to delay Senate Democrats from coming to the table and negotiating bipartisan net neutrality legislation".

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