The US Senate has voted in favor of net neutrality by approving a Congressional Review Act resolution that would undo the Federal Communications Commission's December decision to dismantle the Obama-era net neutrality rules.
This win is likely to be short lived for the hundreds of thousands of people who spammed the FCC's website a year ago with complaints about ending net neutrality. If the CRA is approved by the House and signed by President Donald Trump, internet service providers would have to continue following rules that prohibit blocking, throttling and paid prioritization, VOA wrote.
Democrats have indicated that they are ready to make net neutrality a 2018 campaign issue. Earlier this year, a coalition of 23 attorneys general, including Connecticut's Attorney General George Jepsen sued to stop the rollback of net neutrality.
Senate Democrats believe their resolution that put every Democrat on record in support of net neutrality - and most Republicans on record against it - can turn what was once considered a wonk issue into a wedge issue this November.
It has been a insane year for Net Neutrality.
In a return to form following weeks of lagging ratings, government reality show The FCC returned to a familiar topic last night - net neutrality - and reaped the benefits. The ban required internet providers not to tamper, charge fees, block or slow down certain content.
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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. Markey (D-Mass.) said. The Senate vote is just the first step though, as the vote now goes to the House of Representatives, which has until January 2019 to conduct its own vote. If they follow through, the potential for drawing a new generation of tech-savvy voters to the polls will increase.
Consumer advocates cheered the Senate's vote, with many groups noting that most Americans support the Obama-era net neutrality rules. The changes are set to take effect 11 June.
"Don't listen to the naysayers - momentum is on the side of those who favour restoring net neutrality now", she said in an email. Brian Schatz, a Hawaii Democrat, told reporters.
Net Neutrality protesters in Philadelphia. After that, President Trump would need to give final executive approval, which he is unlikely to provide since he has said that he agrees with the FCC's policy.
"So even should the resolution of disapproval ultimately fail in Congress, there are other measures that we'll be taking to restore our internet rights". "Other than health care and taxes, this is one of the issues that has motivated most grassroots activity".
Democrats were undeterred. They see their effort as something that will energize young voters who value unfettered access to the internet.