The resolution had previously drawn the support of half of all senators, including all Democrats; two additional Republicans backed it in the official vote. 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.
The Senate approved a resolution Wednesday to nullify the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rollback, dealing a symbolic blow to the FCC's new rule that remains on track to take effect next month. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is ill and will not be present to vote, Schumer believes the measure will pass 50-49. They voted to uphold FCC broadband privacy regulations that Republicans repealed using the Congressional Review Act. Whenever a federal agency has submitted a final rule to Congress, Congress has a 60-legislative-day window to overturn the rule under the Congressional Review Act, according to The Washington Post. The current FCC moved to repeal them in a 3-2 vote previous year, a move that sparked outrage and protests among many net neutrality supporters.
Net neutrality prevented providers such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from interfering with internet traffic and favoring their own sites and apps. While the name for the principle isn't that old, the basic idea predates the internet and has its roots in the telephone and telegraph networks and even older services. "This vote is to keep net neutrality on the books and it is a major victory. for every family in America".More news: George Soros charity damns Viktor Orban for '€100m spent on lies'
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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. "This is a moment where the entire Internet needs to go all-in for net neutrality", Fight for the Future's deputy director, Evan Greer, wrote in a statement. Many Republicans consider these requirements burdensome for internet providers, and that competition in an open market will allow industry players to self-govern.
Telecommunications companies lobbied hard to overturn the 2015 rule, saying it discouraged investment and innovation. Ajit Pai, its new, President Trump-appointed chairman, made clear that he opposed the net-neutrality rules and would seek to eliminate them when he took over the FCC's head. Passage of the resolution by the Senate and the House would offer a chance to void the Republican-controlled FCC's 3-2 vote.
As for the possibility of the CRA reaching Trump's desk, Markey said last week during a press conference that the "political firestorm" that would be created by killing an effort to save net neutrality could push the president into signing it. Lawmakers in California, for instance, are weighing legislation, while a coalition of 23 state attorneys general are seeking to turn back the FCC's action in court. They were the focus of heavy lobbying by net neutrality supporters in recent days in hopes of having a stronger bipartisan vote.