GOP Senators Join Dems to Pass Legislation Preserve Net Neutrality

GOP Senators Join Dems to Pass Legislation Preserve Net Neutrality

GOP Senators Join Dems to Pass Legislation Preserve Net Neutrality

Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader, said in a speech before the vote.

Three Republican Senators voted with all 49 Democrats in the chamber to pass a measure TODAY (5/16) to repeal the FCC's new rules that dismantled net neutrality.

Cruz, who voted down the Congressional Review Act (CRA) forced to the floor by Democrats, told IJR that he's not concerned over Democrats using his vote against him or other Republicans up for reelection in the fall.

Last week, the FCC said the net neutrality rules would expire on June 11 and that the new regulations approved in December, handing providers broad new power over how consumers can access the internet, would take effect. "I will continue working in the Senate to maintain a free and open internet to rein in the Obama administration's regulatory overreach".

The FCC voted 3-2 to roll back numerous existing net neutrality rules, including those prohibiting internet service providers from blocking or throttling of content, or from selling so-called "fast lanes" for speedier access to consumers. Even if it passes the House, President Trump could still - and likely will - veto the order when it lands on his desk.

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"Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the internet", he said in November, a month before he and the FCC's two other Republicans, Michael O'Rielly and Brendan Carr, voted to repeal the rules.

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

That the FCC overturned its net-neutrality rules was no surprise.

Roger Nishi, vice president of industry relations at Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom, said the federal regulations will not impact their services.

Still, Democrats argued that net neutrality is needed to make sure that all internet content is treated equally.

Despite the unlikelihood of this actually re-enacting net neutrality rules, Democrats will hail it as a victory. Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and John Kennedy (La.). "Today we show the American people who sides with them, and who sides with the powerful special interests and corporate donors who are thriving under this administration". John McCain, R-Ariz., away from Washington combating mind most cancers, gave Democrats the chance to safe only one Republican vote to achieve a easy majority and ship the measure to the Home. Sen.

"I just think there should be a free and open internet", he added.

"If an ISP chooses to change its terms of service to not prohibit blocking or throttling, etc., customers will be in trouble", she said. Instead of blocking the FCC's rule repeal, it suggested that policymakers work toward "bipartisan compromise legislation that will stand the test of time".

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