US Senate overturns Restoring Internet Freedom Order

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The vote to restore net neutrality protection was heavily pushed by Democratic senators who used the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to reverse the Federal Communication Commission's (FCCs) December decision to "roll back" Obama-era net neutrality rules.

A supporter of net neutrality, Pingree says the Senate vote is probably only symbolic because House Republican leaders will never allow the legislation to come to a vote in the House.

But Murkowski has said that she's frustrated by the politicization of the net-neutrality issue.

Though heralded as a step in the right direction, passage of the bill means little unless it is also passed by the House of Representatives and signed into law by President Trump. Earlier this year, a coalition of 23 attorneys general, including Connecticut's Attorney General George Jepsen sued to stop the rollback of net neutrality.

In the fight for the future of media and democracy, the US Senate's vote Wednesday to restore net neutrality ranks as a major victory. And you said in the past as well that you'd be open to legislation specifically addressing net neutrality.

Even if the resolution fails, many states, including California and NY, are doing all they can to fight back against the FCC's decision with their own net neutrality proposals. "Our approach will help promote digital opportunity-that is, making high-speed Internet access available to every single American so that they can be participants in, rather than spectators of, our digital economy", he concluded. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Ed Markey, D-Mass.


While The FCC doesn't attract anywhere near the viewing figures of The White House - whose explosive but over-the-top storylines have created a massive and dedicated following - it is still a show that consistently delivers.

Senators voted 52-47 to overturn the Restoring Internet Freedom Order issued by the FCC previous year.

It was just a week ago that the FCC said it would begin rolling back Obama-era regulations on June 11.

"This is a turning point in the movement", said Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz, according to CNET. Given the current makeup of the FCC, would you be optimistic that net neutrality principles would actually be enforced? As such, the end result of eliminating most meaningful regulatory oversight without organic market pressure in place is only likely to make existing problems worse.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) denounced the measure as a grandstanding manoeuvre that gets in the way of a bipartisan net neutrality remedy. He runs the Democrats' 2018 campaign operation and says Republicans are miscalculating how much voters care about this issue.

Yesterday (16 May) was another victory for those who wish to retain net neutrality and avoid a future where the internet is multi-tiered and stacked against those who can not afford the fastest connections.

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