Blumenthal, Murphy Vote To Preserve Net Neutrality Rules

The US Senate votes in favour of restoring the FCC's net-neutrality rules

"We thank Senator Ed Markey for leading the charge and the 51 other Senators who supported the resolution, including Senators Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and John Kennedy". Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others argued that removing protections would return the internet to the same regulatory environment that helped it grow.

The Senate passed the bill 52-47, with three Republicans and two independents joining Senate Democrats to approve the bill.

The new rules, which are now set to go into effect on June 10, would no longer prevent Internet service providers from prioritizing their own content, or that of their partners, through so-called "fast lanes".

The congressional effort comes less than a month before the rules are officially expected to expire, on June 11. The legislation is likely to fail in the House of Representatives thus killing net neutrality. That means internet service providers would not have the opportunity, for example, to establish bundles of service in which customers pay more for some streaming services - Spotify, Netflix, YouTube, etc - in order for access to those websites without being slowed down.

Opponents contend that without the net neutrality regulations, which require Internet Service Providers to treat all web traffic equally, companies such as Verizon and Comcast will be free to discriminate against certain content or boost their partner websites.

Under the Obama administration, regulations prevented broadband providers from blocking, limiting or discriminating against lawful internet content.

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"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".

Today, senators voted on a resolution to undo a 2017 move by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to end net neutrality regulations, but major television and print media outlets have devoted little more than a few mentions to the issue.

"The best approach is the light-touch approach", Pai said as he faced criticism from Democratic members of the Senate appropriations committee considering the FCC's budget. Edward Markey, D-Mass., during debate over the resolution.

"The repeal of net neutrality is not only a blow to the average consumer, but it is a blow to public schools, rural Americans, communities of color and small businesses".

Wednesday's vote is only the latest installment in a almost decade-long battle regarding how the government should regulate internet. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, part of the Republican majority, has called the rule "heavy-handed" and unnecessary.

"We've turned net neutrality into a mainstream issue for the first time ever", declared Fight for the Future in their explainer. Net neutrality often excites young, engaged voters who often saw the ending net neutrality as the end of the internet as we know it.

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