Net neutrality is a flawless opportunity for Republicans to show that they’re willing to break from the party line.
On the other hand – how easy would it be to remove net neutrality without it straying over state lines? Mr. Schumer said that the democratic situation is extremely straightforward; the internet should be treated like the public good that it is. The FCC repealed the Obama-era net neutrality policy last December.
The win could be short-lived though it may appeal to young voters and boost the party in mid-term elections. Although the bill has passed the Senate, it will also have to be passed by the House, where Republicans have a more significant majority, and then be signed into law by the President.
CNET, for example, showed exactly which Senators voted for and against the motion to retain net neutrality.
Critics of the FCC’s net neutrality rules, which have been in place since 2015, say they’re anxious about consumers being forced to pay more for slower or less consistent service. Enforcement is left to another agency. Only some minor parts of the repeal took effect such as including the internet as an information service rather than a utility.
Though they voted differently, Sullivan and Murkowski had a similar message – “because there have been recent dramatic swings from the FCC on the issue, it is critical we develop a bipartisan legislative solution”, Sullivan said.
“We will take a stand to protect our online economy, or we will say goodbye to the Internet as we know it”, said Sen.
The Senate yesterday voted 52-47 to reverse the FCC repeal of net neutrality rules.
Pai’s statement did not explain how eliminating rules against blocking or throttling Internet content would help expand Internet access.
Republicans who voted against the measure criticized the move as “political theater” with little chance of becoming law.
Despite the Senate’s passing of the resolution, the measure is unlikely to be enacted.
Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., called it a “highly politicized campaign” that was filled with “fear-mongering hypotheticals, misdirection and outright false claims”. BGR spoke to Senator Schatz to get his thoughts on the vote, and where net neutrality goes from here.
“For millions of motivated and infrequent voters, this is a top issue, ” Sen.
“This is a turning point in the movement”, said Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz, according to CNET. “Other than health care and taxes, this is one of the issues that has motivated most grassroots activity”.
The chairman of the Federal Communication Commission, which authored the rollback, was on the hotseat at the committee hearing. Instead, the U.S. Senate has narrowly approved a largely symbolic measure that only prolongs this decade long controversy and does not provide consumers any assurances.
The US Senate on Wednesday voted narrowly in favour of reinstating the Federal Communications Commission’s net-neutrality rules.