US Senates get enough votes to progress on net neutrality

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A HUGE TRIUMPH for all those in favour of a free internet came last night as the US Senate voted to overturn Ajit Pai's net neutrality "weed whacker" plans, which were due to kick in on 11 June. Many have subsidiaries or affiliated companies that also produce vast amounts of programming, putting them in position to control internet access and download speeds in ways that enhance the value of their own products. Mr. Schumer said that the democratic situation is extremely straightforward; the internet should be treated like the public good that it is. But Lisa Murkowski's and John Kennedy probably weren't expected to vote "yes" on this measure. "The importance of formulating sound internet policy demands that legislators of both parties sit down and work in earnest to craft enduring legislation, and we stand ready to help in this endeavor". John Boozman, R-Ark., said in a written statement.

"Today, Senators on a bipartisan basis delivered passionate speeches about the importance of the internet and ensuring that consumers continue to enjoy an open and unfettered online experience". Only three Republican senators voted in favor of the resolution. They were the focus of heavy lobbying by Net neutrality supporters in recent days.

Though the Senate vote to repeal will most likely be made moot by the house the Coalition of Internet Voters made a strong show of support as Sen. The threshold Democrats must reach to force a bill on the House floor is much higher than in the Senate.

The Senate has voted to pass a measure to keep net neutrality rules the same. The measure can not be filibustered in the Senate.

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Democrats called it a "defining vote" despite facing an uphill battle in the House and against the president.

These Obama-era rules prevented internet service providers like Verizon and Comcast, for example, from speeding up or slowing down traffic from certain apps and websites. Tech giants such as Google and Facebook have been vocal in their support for the retention of the rules. Telecommunications companies oppose the regulations. Tech companies have been signaling that the repeal of net neutrality could lead to significant financial consequences.

Congress should kill the FCC rule. Ed Markey, D-Mass., the leader of the Senate effort. Earlier this month, Senator Shaheen held a Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee field hearing with New Hampshire small business owners about the effects of repealing net neutrality protections on Granite State small businesses. Under the FCC's proposed rule, the agency would employ "light-touch regulation" over internet service providers.

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