Senate to vote on repealing net neutrality rule changes

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All 49 senators who caucus with Democrats and Sen.

Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman voted against the reversal.

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), said the internet thrived long before the Obama administration stepped in with rules in 2015, and he predicted that when the FCC repeal is in place, consumers won't notice a change in their service.

Supporters of the FCC repeal believe the new "light touch" rules set to take effect next month offer more choice for consumers, allowing them to pay for more tailored internet packages to meet their needs.

The Pacific Northwest has stood in defiance of the FCC's December decision to repeal the regulations.

Net neutrality restricts internet service providers from slowing down or speeding up access to certain websites. Voters may know soon enough: The Obama-era net neutrality rules expire June 11. Ajit Pai, the new chairman appointed by President Donald Trump, made clear that he opposed them and would seek to eliminate them when he took over as the FCC's head. Earlier this year, a coalition of 23 attorneys general, including Connecticut's Attorney General George Jepsen sued to stop the rollback of net neutrality.

Even if the Senate passes the resolution, it's unlikely to be enacted.

Senators voted on a Congressional Review Act, which gives Congress the authority to overrule actions by federal agencies.

On the Senate floor, Markey said that "this is a defining vote, the most important vote that we are going to have in this generation on net neutrality".

The 2015 rules were meant to ensure a free and open internet, give consumers equal access to Web content and bar broadband service providers from favouring their own material or others'.

This issue doesn't cut along clean party lines, said Steven Kull, who runs the Program for Public Consultation at the University of Maryland and has studied public attitudes on net neutrality. "For rural America, without the Markey resolution, it means that the net moves along at a snail's pace". It must pass in the GOP-controlled House, and it also must secure the signature of Trump. With a vote of 52 for keeping Net Neutrality and 47 against, the Senate has, for now, been able to prevent the repeal of the Net Neutrality rules.

The Senate resolution would overturn a vote by the agency in December to scuttle its open-internet regulations.

"This is the first step forward in restoring net neutrality".

Net neutrality is the principle that all traffic on the internet should basically be treated the same.

Some of those companies are seizing on the latest debate to call for rules that apply not just to them, but internet companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter. "Are you on the side of large internet companies, or are you on the side of American families?"

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