Senate passes measure repealing changes to net neutrality rules

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They and their colleagues in the House of Representatives have until June 12 to pass the repeal of the FCC's December decision to roll back landmark Obama-era rules that prevent internet service providers from slowing down or blocking access to certain parts of the internet.

"Without protections in place to keep the internet fair and open, small businesses will be put at a disadvantage when trying to compete with larger corporations that have the resources to ensure their websites receive special prioritization from their internet service providers", Arensmeyer said of Wednesday's vote.

Senate Democrats successfully passed a resolution reversing the Federal Communication Commission's hotly contested repeal of net neutrality rules, at the very least giving their party a potential rallying issue for the 2018 mid-term elections with the Republican-controlled House being unlikely to take the measure up. But in 2015, the day after the FCC enacted the net neutrality rules, McClintock went to the House floor and blasted the agency as "imposing leftist ideology on the internet". The FCC said in repealing it last December that it was simply restoring the "light-touch framework" that has governed the internet for most of its existence. Even if the House were to move the bill forward, it would then land on Donald Trump's desk and be subject to likely presidential veto.

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Fox Business and One American News Network, a decidedly pro-Trump outlet known for pushing conspiracy theories, aired full reports of the net neutrality vote.

Roger Nishi, vice president of industry relations at Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom, said the federal regulations will not impact their services. They were the focus of heavy lobbying by net neutrality supporters in recent days in hopes of having a stronger bipartisan vote.

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But with that said she added, more than 50 percent of Americans don't have a choice for high speed internet. Sens. LISA MURKOWSKY (R-AK), JOHN KENNEDY (R-LA), and SUSAN COLLINS (R-ME) joined the Democrats in using the Senate's power under the Congressional Review Act to vote with a simple majority to override the Commission's decision to gut net neutrality.

"This is our chance, our best chance to make sure the internet stays accessible and affordable to all Americans", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

Some in favor of repealing net neutrality have argued lifting the regulations will lift financial burdens on internet service providers and enable them to build out rural broadband infrastructure.

"Net Neutrality is like naming something fuzzy bunny rabbit".

Attorney General TJ Donovan has also signed onto a multi-state lawsuit challenging the FCC's rollback of the rules.

There are two major elements of the Restoring Internet Freedom Order.

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