US Senate approves bill in bid to retain net neutrality

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This afternoon, by a 52-47 margin, the Senate voted to rescind the FCC's order.

"The Senate vote, on the eve of midterms, could have significant political effects", said Marc Martin, a telecom lawyer at Perkins Coie in Washington.

Democrats invoked the Congressional Review Act (CRA) of 1996, which enables the legislature to override regulations within 60 days of them being enacted. "Everyone who's done so knows that killing net neutrality is bad for society - not just because it harms tech innovation, but because it compromises our civil rights", wrote Anil Dash, who served as a technology adviser in the Obama administration, in a tweet before the FCC's vote.

"When internet service providers say they support [net neutrality, ] they often frame it as support for some [of its] principles, but conspicuously leave out [details like] paid prioritization which would allow them to charge more", Trendacosta said. The decision has been celebrated by campaigners, but they have also warned that net neutrality is still in imminent danger.

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"I haven't talked to anyone who isn't for net neutrality generically", Hoeven said.

But, he cautioned, it remains unclear how many voters will actually be motivated by net neutrality to go to the polls.

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Markey described a coalition of Internet voters who bridge the usual philosophical party lines when it comes to government regulation. In a functioning Congress, the center would be able to find agreement through compromise and enough votes to put an end to the damaging policy ping-pong that net neutrality has becomes. Edward Markey of MA, sought to stop the FCC's repeal of the Obama-era rules by using their authority under the Congressional Review Act to nullify the commission's vote last December.

Mark Farrell, mayor of San Francisco, took to Twitter before the vote to urge people to call their congressional representatives and ask them to support the resolution.

Kennedy told IJR that his "yes" vote came down to whether or not people could trust the cable companies to keep a free and open internet. Chairman Wheeler's Net Neutrality is, in a nutshell, zero-price wholesale rate regulation without due process.

Attorney General TJ Donovan has also signed onto a multi-state lawsuit challenging the FCC's rollback of the rules.

"If an ISP chooses to change its terms of service to not prohibit blocking or throttling, etc., customers will be in trouble", she said.

Tester voted along with a Senate majority in supporting net neutrality. Sen.

AT&T said Wednesday it backs an open internet and "actual bipartisan legislation that applies to all internet companies and guarantees neutrality, transparency, openness, non-discrimination and privacy protections for all internet users".

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