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Senate votes to save net neutrality rules

18 May 2018

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The Senate passed a Congressional Review Act resolution Wednesday that aims to restore net neutrality protections, and the New Hampshire Congressional Delegation responded positively. Should the rollback actually happen, the internet will probably look a lot more like cable TV, with content bundles and "premium" packages. "We shouldn't do that with the internet either". Trump has tweeted against net neutrality before, but more importantly, has shown an nearly feverish ambition to undo every Obama-era regulation.

The 52-47 victory marks the first step in the process of overturning the Federal Communications Commission's December 2017 decision to repeal net neutrality rules. They were joined by GOP Sens.

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
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The measure passed with the backing of all 49 Democratic senators as well as three Republicans - Kennedy, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. The last minute Republican support for the measure bodes well for its chances in the House, where net neutrality supporters plan to wage a fierce battle to force a vote.

Providers have said they won't block or throttle legal websites but have left open the possibility that they might charge more for some data delivery.

Today's successful Senate vote follows weeks of grassroots activism spearheaded by Free Press Action Fund, Fight for the Future and Demand Progress - the groups behind the Team Internet organizing effort and BattlefortheNet.com.

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Opponents of net neutrality describe the policy as overly restrictive, and regularly point out that the Internet "grew up" without such rules in place. They also downplay concerns of jacked up prices. John Kennedy of Louisiana and Sen. Brian Schatz said while speaking on the Senate floor.

U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan helped to introduce this bipartisan resolution, and said she is pleased with the outcome of today's vote.

"Unlike [FCC Chairman Ajit Pai], I've led teams creating innovative new tech on the Internet".

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On Wednesday, he said the arguments against it are largely pushed by the industry.

The Internet is watching.

"Net neutrality is about keeping the internet accessible for small businesses, students, entrepreneurs, startups and Ohioans looking for jobs", Brown said.

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Alaska's other senator, Dan Sullivan, said he agrees with that.

Senate votes to save net neutrality rules