Senate approves bipartisan resolution to restore FCC net neutrality rules

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Despite the influence from big cable and telecommunications companies who have poured oceans of money in their attempt to kill net neutrality rules, the Senate stood on the side of the American people in voting to pass this resolution.

Three Republican Senators voted with all 49 Democrats in the chamber to pass a measure TODAY (5/16) to repeal the FCC's new rules that dismantled net neutrality.

Several Democratic senators pushed for the vote using the Congressional Review Act - allowing Congress to thwart agency regulations.

Last week, the FCC said the net neutrality rules would expire on June 11 and that the new regulations approved in December, handing providers broad new power over how consumers can access the internet, would take effect. The decision has been celebrated by campaigners, but they have also warned that net neutrality is still in imminent danger. It must still be voted on in the House of Representatives, however, and signed into law by President Trump.

But the effort faces an uphill battle in the House, where Republicans have a larger majority, and at the White House, where President Donald Trump would be expected to veto the measure.

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

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Past bad behavior from ISPs argues the concerns raised by supporters of net neutrality are far from hysterical.

Equally as predictably, Commissioner JESSICA ROSENWORCEL took the opposite position from PAI, with a statement reading "Today the UNITED STATES Senate took a big step to fix the serious mess the FCC made when it rolled back net neutrality late past year". The bill now heads to the House for a vote.

The open internet scored a huge victory on Wednesday, but you wouldn't know it by watching America's major corporate television networks.

While Collins' support had been public leading up to the vote, Murkowski's and Kennedy's "yes" votes came as a surprise to some.

In the meantime, more than 20 states have filed lawsuits to save the standard and in places like New Jersey, Washington and California, state legislators have proposed legislation establishing net neutrality rules within their respective state borders.

AT&T said Wednesday it backs an open internet and "actual bipartisan legislation that applies to all internet companies and guarantees neutrality, transparency, openness, non-discrimination and privacy protections for all internet users". Senate Democrats believe their resolution that put every Democrat on record in support of net neutrality - and most Republicans on record against it - can turn what was once considered a wonk issue into a wedge issue this November.

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