The Senate on Wednesday rejected the Trump administration's plan to overturn so-called net neutrality rules, which mandate that internet providers give consumers access to content on an equal basis, without favoring some sources or blocking others.
"Net neutrality is critical to maintaining a free and open internet, and I'm thrilled that the Senate passed this bipartisan resolution to restore these protections today", said Senator Shaheen. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer believes the vote will energize Democratic voters in the midterm elections and help the party capture seats now held by Republicans.
All Senate Democrats and three Republicans, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and John Kennedy, successfully brought the issue to the floor and voted to overturn it with a final tally of 52-47. However, he also urged Democrats to work with him so that certain net neutrality could be implemented, and promised internet users would not notice a big difference in the service when the repeal comes into effect.
The exceptional triumph for Democrats is definitely short lived with a homogenous resolution anticipated to terminate in the house where Republicans have prodigious majority. NCTA - The Internet & Television Association, CTIA and USTelecom told the Senate that reinstating the Obama-era rules "would curb the necessary investment and infrastructure improvements that are critical for connecting more Americans to high-speed broadband and enabling wider internet access, especially in poor and rural areas". If it does manage to get past the House, it must be approved by President Donald Trump, who is unlikely to do so.
Republicans said the regulations threaten heavy-handed government intrusion that would stifle innovation on the Internet.
"One of the first hearings will focus on competition and consumer protection implications of the FCC's restoring internet freedom order".
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, has said that: "The Democratic position is very simple".
This win is likely to be short lived for the hundreds of thousands of people who spammed the FCC's website previous year with complaints about ending net neutrality. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Ed Markey, D-Mass. She predicts it may become a campaign issue in the Fall.
"I am pleased that today the United States Senate voted in support of the entrepreneurs, small businesses, and consumers in New Hampshire and across the country who rely on a free and open internet to help them succeed", Senator Hassan said. "And, they certainly don't want their internet providers making those decisions". But with the Senate vote, there is a renewed sense of optimism among net neutrality advocates. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) assumed the authority to regulate how broadband companies supply internet access such as charging differently for faster service.