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Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Senate votes to restore net neutrality

Senate votes to restore net neutrality

As Democratic senators made a last-ditch effort to salvage net neutrality rules - which passed in the Senate - coverage by many media outlets is still nowhere to be found.

Recent polls show that 83 percent of voters support keeping the net neutrality rules in place.

In its annual report filed in January, Netflix said the repeal of net neutrality, and the possibility that other "favorable laws" may change, could result in "discriminatory or anti-competitive practices that could impede our growth, cause us to incur additional expense or otherwise negatively affect our business".

The exceptional triumph for Democrats is definitely short lived with a homogenous resolution anticipated to terminate in the house where Republicans have prodigious majority. The Open Internet Order prohibited internet service providers from blocking, slowing down, or discriminating against content online. The CRA allows lawmakers to review and potentially repeal new rules made by federal oversight agencies.

In the short space of time since the ruling, many people in the United States have been doing their best to reverse the decision.

The US Senate has voted on Wednesday on whether to reverse a decision by the Trump administration to roll back Obama-era "net neutrality" rules.

Republicans argued that net neutrality just added unnecessary regulations to the marketplace.

The 52-47 vote, which saw three Republicans vote against their own side, used the Congressional Review Act - one of the checks and balances specifically created to fix problems caused by government agencies headed up by people who think they cool, but they not.

The FCC, led by Trump-nominated Ajit Pai, decided a year ago to end net neutrality rules in a move that voters across the political spectrum largely opposed.

Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and John Kennedy (La.) - joined the 49 Senate Democrats to pass the bill 52-47.

Net neutrality is the principle that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) should provide equal access to all applications, content, platforms, and websites, and can not discriminate against content or content providers by making certain web page, applications, or videos load faster or slower than others.

"Today is a monumental day", said Democratic senator Edward Markey during a debate.

Republicans said the regulations threaten heavy-handed government intrusion that would stifle innovation on the Internet. "It's disappointing that Senate Democrats forced this resolution through by a narrow margin".

Brett Dunst, DreamHost vice president of corporate communications, told Siliconrepublic.com: "Today's vote to reinstate net neutrality is the first step to preserving a free and open internet - for small businesses and internet users everywhere". Now, Net Neutrality activists have to collect signatures from a full majority of House members.

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