Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Markets | By Terence Owen

Senate votes to save net neutrality: 4 things to know

Senate votes to save net neutrality: 4 things to know

Senate Democrats, led by Ed Markey of MA, used the Congressional Review Act-an oversight tool that permits Congress to repeal rulings made by agencies such as the FCC-to force Wednesday's vote.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of NY thinks otherwise, saying in an interview that the vote reflects the people's choice and should not be undermined.

The measure was backed by all 49 Democrats in the Senate, along with 3 Republican Senators: Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and John Kennedy of Louisiana.

Pai's net neutrality repeal is slated to take effect on June 11, unless Congress stops it.

Following the act, the judgment will now go onto the House of Representatives, where it's supposed to not get it past the Republican-majority House.

The repeal granted internet service providers (ISPs) the ability to push consumers towards their content and products while potentially slowing down or eliminating access to their competitors' sites. If a simple majority of the latter decide for it, the resolution will be sent to President Donald Trump, who can either sign it or veto it. Republicans have often referred to the Obama-era rules as additional weight on the backs of broadband infrastructure and businesses while Democrats advocate for firm rules to protect users against the possibility that providers may favor certain subject matter or websites for faster connection while deliberately slowing other content, often referred to as "throttling". Critics, including the Trump administration, believed this ruling was stifling innovation.

Enacted in 2015, net neutrality, or the Open Internet Order, is beneficial to the housing industry, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

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The Senate voted 52-47 yesterday to overturn the decision late past year to end Net Neutrality rules.

He said that instead, "Democrats have already made clear that the resolution today is about the elections in November". He said Democrats would try to make it a campaign issue if Republicans will not allow a vote. Some of those internet service providers, including Comcast, Time-Warner and Verizon, are among the largest and wealthiest companies in America.

"The grandparents, the gamers, the gearheads, the geeks, the GIF-makers, the Generations X, Y, and Z. This movement to save net neutrality is made up of every walk of American life", he said.

Yesterday (16 May) was another victory for those who wish to retain net neutrality and avoid a future where the internet is multi-tiered and stacked against those who can not afford the fastest connections.

47 of the Senate Republicans voted to keep FCC's decision in place.

Net neutrality is the principle that all traffic on the internet should be treated the same.

"The promise of an open internet is foundational to providing equitable learning opportunities to all students, not just those who can afford them", said Richard Culatta, CEO at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), in a prepared statement.

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