Senate backs effort to restore 'net neutrality'

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"But ultimately, I'm confident that their effort to reinstate heavy-handed government regulation of the Internet will fail", he said in a statement.

The bipartisan resolution, which Senator Hassan helped introduce, overturns the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) partisan decision to repeal net neutrality protections.

The legislation would require the signature of Trump, who has criticized the net neutrality rules.

The Senate passed the bill 52-47, with three Republicans and two independents joining Senate Democrats to approve the bill. But a House vote is seen as unlikely to consider the legislation. Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, and his majority caucus are rigidly pro-corporate; they will erect every possible roadblock.

Today on national cable news, MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle and Fox Business' FBN AM mentioned the net neutrality vote in brief headline segments.

The rules, known as net neutrality, were initially adopted by the FCC under the Obama administration but were repealed by the newly Republican-controlled commission in the aftermath of President Trump's election.

Net Neutrality would prevent internet companies from limiting access to certain websites or other types of online traffic based on their content. There is no popular support for the change.

That could turn out to be the worst bet of 2018.

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In a statement released Wednesday, Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said the vote was "a big step to fix the serious mess the FCC made when it rolled back net neutrality late previous year". The FCC's decision was slated to take effect on June 11, but the new Senate measure effectively blocks that order. And the back-and-forth between the Obama-era FCC and the current Republican committee has created a lot of uncertainty. And Democratic congressional leaders are well aware that those voters could tip vital local, state and national races this fall.

"It's disappointing that Senate Democrats forced this resolution through by a narrow margin", he said dismissively but with a pained expression that had viewers reaching for their phones and Twitter. "Let's treat the internet like the public good that it is".

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 favoring their own material or others'.

"Don't listen to the naysayers - momentum is on the side of those who favour restoring net neutrality now", she said in an email.

Such a result might have seemed unimaginable just a few months ago.

"Outside Washington, net neutrality rules are popular", Public Knowledge Vice President Chris Lewis stated.

Telecommunications companies lobbied hard to overturn the rule, saying it discouraged investment and innovation. "It is the animating principle that enables companies and individuals to have equal access to the internet without the threat of blocking, discriminating, price gouging, or favoring of some companies at the expense of others".

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