US Senate set to cast vote on saving Net Neutrality today

Leigh Mccormick
May 17, 2018

The FCC's new anti-net-neutrality regulation, which is set to take effect next month, eliminates those prohibitions.

While Collins' support had been public leading up to the vote, Murkowski's and Kennedy's "yes" vote came as a surprise to some. However, he did so despite widespread support for the rules; a survey taken around the time of the FCC's December vote showed that an overwhelming majority of Americans supported keeping them in place, including most Republican voters.

But the effort faces an uphill battle in the House, where Republicans have a larger majority, and at the White House, where President Donald Trump would be expected to veto the measure. And they've been pushing measures in the states that would offer net-neutrality protections within their borders.

In a tweet on Tuesday morning, the Women's March said, "For women, whose online voices are already marginalized, the loss of the open Internet is a threat to your voice".

Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown says this week's vote could help sway more Republicans if it heads to the House. There's no word on when the House Democrats might start collecting signatures to force a vote, but it's never too early to start telling your representative what you expect of them should the resolution make it to the floor.

If you were a bit cynical about the US Senate's vote to save net neutrality today, we can't really blame you. 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.

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The Obama-era regulations, which also cleared the FCC on a narrow vote, required companies providing broadband connections to act in the "public interest" and to not use "unjust" business practices - preventing companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from creating paid "fast lanes" and slowing or blocking web traffic.

The Senate resolution - led by Sen.

One of the reasons why the FCC chose to end its net neutrality protection is because the agency believes that its authority extends only in the regulation of broadband networks, whereas websites and services are under the domain of the Federal Trade Commission.

Evan Greer, the deputy director of Fight for the Future, explained the CRA and called the vote "a huge moment where the entire internet comes together" while speaking with the Daily Dot on its politics podcast We're All Gonna Die, last week. They were joined by the two independents who usually vote with them, Sens. 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.

Net neutrality is the principle that all traffic on the internet should be treated the same. Many Republicans consider these requirements burdensome for internet providers, and that competition in an open market will allow industry players to self-govern.

Net neutrality supporters note that 15 Republicans crossed the aisle in March 2017 on another internet issue.

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