They were the focus of heavy lobbying by Net neutrality supporters in recent days. Republicans on the short end of the 52-47 vote described the effort to reinstate "net neutrality" rules as "political theater" because the GOP-controlled House is not expected to take up the issue and the Senate's margin could not overcome a presidential veto.
One of the Democratic party-supporting members of the FCC, Jessica Rosenworcel, said about the vote: "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". "I don't know how that animates people to vote if their Netflix is working", he told Reuters.
"As the inventor of the web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, said, the internet must remain a permissionless space for creativity, innovation and free expression", said McGrath. Over the course of 2017, the FCC, led by Ajit Pai, voted to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Act with the goal of giving ISPs more control over what customers could access and paving the way for "internet fast lanes" for certain sites. Watch her remarks here.
Meanwhile, Jessica Rosenworcel, an FCC comissioner who fought the repeal, said: "Today the United States Senate took a big step to fix the serious mess the FCC made when it rolled back net neutrality late last year.I'll keep raising a ruckus to support net neutrality and I hope others will".
A major objection about the Net neutrality rules was the FCC's decision to classify broadband as a more highly regulated utilitylike service under Title 2 of federal telecommunications law.
The US Senate has voted on Wednesday on whether to reverse a decision by the Trump administration to roll back Obama-era "net neutrality" rules.
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House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) denounced the measure as a grandstanding manoeuvre that gets in the way of a bipartisan net neutrality remedy. The bill will now move to the House of Representatives, where House Democrats must collect signatures from a full majority of the House-instead of just 30-to use the CRA and bring the issue up for vote.
Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO thanked the Senators for their work in protecting a free and open internet.
"After you pay your monthly bill to your internet service provider, you should be able to access all of the content on the internet at the same speed as your neighbor", U.S. Sen.
"I think people realize how critical net neutrality is to consumers, to young companies", Markey said. "Net neutrality is essential for ensuring new companies can compete with established ones, so we encourage citizens to contact their representatives in the House to make their voices heard".
Today's vote implications are significant-net neutrality is critical for our nation's progress and for the creation of good jobs in the future.
North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp says she believes it has a lot of Republican support because of special interests.