US Senate votes to overturn FCC's repeal of net neutrality protections


He said the internet thrived long before the Obama administration stepped in, and he predicted that when the Trump administration's rule scrapping net neutrality goes into effect in June, consumers won't notice a change in service.

Collins announced her support in January, but Kennedy and Murkowski had been undecided. However, he did so despite widespread support for the rules; a survey taken around the time of the FCC's December vote showed that an overwhelming majority of Americans supported keeping them in place, including most Republican voters. The bill is now headed to the House of Representatives, where Democrats must convince at least 25 Republicans to cross the aisle in a similar simple majority vote.

Markey said that vote was the most important that the Senate had taken on the internet.

The net neutrality rules were enacted in 2015 to keep internet providers from slowing down or blocking content, as well as to prevent those providers from charging higher prices for faster service. A key question for anyone on the campaign trail in 2018 will be: "'Do you support net neutrality?'" he said.

"The internet should be kept free and open like our highways, accessible and affordable to every American, regardless of ability to pay".

Republican senators were hoping to avoid the vote, but Democrats are using a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to force the full Senate to vote.

If Senate Democrats are successful in reaching the majority, the resolution will go to on to the GOP-controlled House of Representatives, where its passage would be more hard, according to CNN.

Net neutrality is an issue that resonates among certain Democratic voters, particularly millennials who might be persuaded to turn out in greater numbers in November's midterm elections that may determine which party controls the House and Senate, where Republicans hold a 51-49 margin.

From left Rep. Mike Doyle D-Pa. Sen. Ed Markey D-Mass. Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y. and Sen. Maria Cantwell D-Wash. leave a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washingt
US Senate votes to overturn FCC's repeal of net neutrality protections

Although the vote has been expected for months now, its outcome is uncertain.

This issue doesn't cut along clean party lines, said Steven Kull, who runs the Program for Public Consultation at the University of Maryland and has studied public attitudes on net neutrality.

Currently, the effort to retain Net Neutrality has the backing of 50 United States senators, including that of Republican Susan Collins.

The Senate will vote on a resolution authored under the Congressional Review Act.

However, the vote may not be an even split.

U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, praised chamber lawmakers Wednesday for supporting his effort to protect "net neutrality" regulations, offering that the success of his resolution to block new FCC internet rules should send a message to Republican leaders and the White House. The company voiced concerns over the FCC's decision to end "net neutrality" rules.

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

The FCC did not roll back rules that require internet providers to disclose their traffic management practices, with complaints largely handled through the Federal Trade Commission. The resolution will seek to overturn a rule voted in by the FCC in December that eliminated most of its net neutrality regulations.