US Senate set to cast vote on saving Net Neutrality today

Sen. Maggie Hassan hears from employees of Stonyfield Farms and members of New England's farming community about how the repeal of net neutrality rules would affect their business

The FCC's new anti-net-neutrality regulation, set to take effect next month, eliminates those prohibitions.

Senate supporters of the FCC rules have put forward the legislation under the Congressional Review Act, a law that permits Congress to revisit - and reject - decisions by administrative agencies within a certain window of their approval.

The US Senate on Wednesday is scheduled to vote on whether to reinstate the Federal Communications Commission's net-neutrality rules.

Sen. Ed Markey, who is now leading of the effort to save Net Neutrality, stated that the possibility of President Trump blocking the movement if it passes the necessary votes would create a "political firestorm", however the controversial world leader hasn't shied from such backlash in the past. Susan Collins of ME, is expected to pass in the Senate but its future in the GOP-led House is doubtful and President Donald Trump is unlikely to back it.

The congressional effort comes less than a month before the rules are officially expected to expire, on June 11.

It needs to receive the support of just one more senator with clear the chamber with a simple majority.

Senate Democrats cheered the procedural vote.

The resolution will seek to overturn a rule voted on by the FCC in December that would eliminate most of its net-neutrality regulations. The Open Internet Order prohibited internet service providers from blocking, slowing down, or discriminating against content online. In surveys, solid majorities say they support the principle of net neutrality generally, and the FCC's rules in particular. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota called it an "amazing victory for consumers, small businesses and rural communities". It also hands off to the Federal Trade Commission the job of making sure the providers abide by the terms they've disclosed and to watch out for anti-competitive behavior on their part.

That the FCC overturned its net-neutrality rules was no surprise. Should the measure somehow make it to President Trump's desk, he's unlikely to sign it since he is on the record as agreeing with the FCC's action.

"From the GOP tax scam, to attacks on the Affordable Care Act, to rolling back fuel economy standards, and to net neutrality, the Trump administration has repeatedly ignored the needs of everyday American families", said Senator Markey.

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.

For almost all of the past 10 years, the FCC has had in place rules that sought to guarantee net-neutrality protections.

The group urged supporters to call key senators in Utah, Florida, Nevada, Arizona, and California, as well as Murkowski, Gardner, and Kennedy, to ensure that the Democratic caucus of 49 senators have the Republican support they need to pass the CRA. Sen.



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