Senate Approves Overturning FCC's Net Neutrality Repeal

Senate Approves Overturning FCC's Net Neutrality Repeal

The Senate accredited a measure Wednesday 52-47 that will overturn the Federal Communication Fee's choice to roll again Obama-era so-called internet neutrality guidelines.

Wednesday's vote to still has some obstacles to face.

Democrats invoked the Congressional Review Act (CRA) of 1996, which enables the legislature to override regulations within 60 days of them being enacted.

Independent of the Senate action today, several states including Washington, Oregon, California and NY, have either proposed net neutrality-like legislation or sought to take legal action to nullify the FCC repeal.

Supporters countered that the regulations, in fact, guarantee equal access to the web and stripping them away will put telecommunications giants in control of the levers of internet traffic. The FCC's net neutrality repeal gave broadband providers extraordinary new powers to block websites, throttle services and play favorites when it comes to online content.

The FCC's effort to halt net neutrality also is facing a legal challenge in some states. If passed, the measure will also need the support of the White House, in which Donald Trump publicly denounced net neutrality on Twitter in 2014.

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"I voted to hopefully get beyond the politics on this, which is the seesaw back and forth between Republican FCC and a Democratic FCC that doesn't lend any level of certainty to the process", she told reporters.

"I don't see any voters, any new voters, who will come to the polls on this issue", Cruz said.

Tech companies have been signaling that the repeal of net neutrality could lead to significant financial consequences. If, by some miracle, the vote turns out to be in favor of net neutrality, President Trump could still veto Congress's attempt to stop its demise. Susan Collins of Maine, John N. Kennedy of Louisiana and Lisa A. Murkowski of Alaska.

Representatives already began lobbying for the effort in the House, which is now lacking the necessary votes to pass.

Republicans like Rep. Scott Taylor of Virginia think Democrats are wrong on the policy of net neutrality and that eliminating FCC rules will expand competition and consumer choice.

Thune urged Democrats to work with him on a plan that he said would incorporate the net neutrality principles they desire without onerous regulation that he said made it harder to connect more Americans to the internet and to upgrade service.

"Such an approach would curb the necessary investment and infrastructure improvements that are critical for connecting more Americans to high-speed broadband and enabling wider internet access, especially in poor and rural areas", the leaders of three leading internet service provider trade groups - the NCTA, CTIA and USTelecom - wrote to Senate leaders on Tuesday. The rare victory for Democrats is sure to be short-lived, with a similar resolution expected to die in the House, where Republicans have a larger majority. Today's vote is a sign that the fight for internet freedom is far from over.

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