Net neutrality push begins anew in Senate, on websites

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Opponents of the new net neutrality rules in the US have succeeded in calling a vote in the US Senate to overturn the FCC's plans.

Listen to GeekWire's interview with Cantwell, a vocal advocate for net neutrality, below. When the GOP-led Federal Communications Commission voted a year ago to repeal the agency's net neutrality rules for internet providers, many Democratic policymakers vowed to oppose the decision, arguing that the FCC's policy change could benefit ISPs at the expense of regular internet users. Susan Collins, but it is widely believed that the measure would fail in the GOP-held House.

Though it had been only used once in the two decades since it became law, the CRA has found new life with a Republican Congress and a Republican in the White House.

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A Congressional Review Act resolution allows Congress to overturn regulatory actions taken by federal agencies with a simple majority vote in both chambers of Congress and the signature of the president.

At its core, net neutrality regulations prohibit internet service providers from engaging in "unfair" practices, including blocking websites, throttling traffic and engaging in paid prioritization, or when an internet provider favors one of site over a competitor's or offers better access to companies that pay for it.

Luckily, however, and despite the FCC's December ruling, net neutrality can still be preserved. Susan Collins of ME, who is known for crossing party lines on key votes. After he took over the role from Tom Wheeler, he went on a public crusade to undo the protections keeping net neutrality in place. They merely connect us to it, and we already pay them for that service. "By passing this resolution, we can send a clear message that this Congress won't fall to the special interest agenda of President Trump and his broadband baron allies, but rather will do right by the people that send us here".

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OR also created a law the prohibits state agencies from working with broadband providers who don't practice net neutrality, inspiring executive orders to that effect from governors in Vermont, Montana, New York, New Jersey, and Hawaii.

But Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said the choice of whether to support Markey's bill or not "is not at all complicated". After a debate, there will be a vote; if the resolution passes, it will move on to the House where it probably won't find much support among Republicans.

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