Net Neutrality Rules 'Heavy-Handed,' McConnell Argues

Senate Democrats push to block net neutrality repeal using Congressional Review Act

Leading up to the FCC's vote, though, many media outlets were shockingly silent on the repercussions of upending consumer protections on internet access. "We're glad the Senate took the first step to protect net neutrality, and we urge the U.S. House of Representatives to follow the Senate's lead so small businesses and start-ups can compete in a busy online marketplace", he said.

The Senate on Wednesday voted to reverse the Federal Communications Commission's decision to end net neutrality.

Both Thune and Schumer alluded to the fact that net neutrality is popular with voters, with Thune painting the vote as an "attempt to gain partisan advantage" because "people seem to think will be useful in the upcoming election".

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., speaks in favor of net neutrality regulations at a press conference.

The repeal takes effect June 11.

Roger Nishi, vice president of industry relations at Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom, said the federal regulations will not impact their services. They say just trust us.

"Today, we show the American people who sides with them, and who sides with the powerful special interests and corporate donors who are thriving under this administration", Markey said to the Senate.

"A free and open internet is essential to fostering innovation and education, and promoting civic engagement", Sen. Removing these rules of the road amounted to a greenlight for potential anti-competitive practices by Internet Service Providers, harming Internet users in Virginia and across the country.


But the FCC's move has stirred fears among consumer advocates that cable and phone giants will be free to block access to services they don't like or set up "fast lanes" for preferred services - in turn, relegating everyone else to "slow lanes". "I have never supported Title II regulation and do not support it today", Murkowski said.

"It's very hard to say the public should trust their ISPs not to violate net neutrality principles, as they actually have a history of doing so even when the FCC had rules against it", Trendacosta said Wednesday.

"I'm sort of in the mindset that we probably will not see too much of a difference", Turner-Lee said.

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.

Eliminating net neutrality rules would potentially allow providers to market cheaper, limited plans with access to only a handful of particular websites or offering no-charge connections to certain apps or streaming services.

Senate Democrats used the powers granted to the legislative branch under the Congressional Review Act to potentially overturn regulations created by federal agencies, like the FCC's decision to end requirements for net neutrality.

"It's symbolic in the sense that it is something that Democrats can hang their hat on", she said. Almost every measure of industry performance turned to the worse as regulated firms responded to the politically-motivated decision to apply a 1934 law designed for the old Ma Bell monopoly to the modern Internet.

"We should be hopeful, and we should be ready to work".

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