US Senate opposes FCC's plan to end net neutrality

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Back in December, the FCC confirmed internet users' fears when it voted to repeal net neutrality rules, but yesterday saw the US Senate vote to overturn the decision.

Senate Democrats used a special regulation-review process to demand a vote over the objections of Republican leaders in that chamber. Susan Collins, R-Maine. It also has the support of Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the Web, and a number of businesses and organizations, from Reddit and Tumblr to Wikimedia.

"Don't listen to the naysayers - momentum is on the side of those who favor restoring net neutrality now", she said in an email.

"The American public understands how important these protections are to their lives and the future of the internet", Nelson said on the senate floor before the vote. "At, we stand side by side with companies and citizens around the world in opposition to the FCC's decision".

The Net neutrality rules prohibit Internet service providers from selling faster delivery of certain data, slowing speeds for specific content and blocking or otherwise discriminating against any legal material.

Three Republicans joined with Democrats in voting to repeal the FCC rule that was scheduled to go into effect next month. "Instead of working with Republicans to develop permanent net neutrality legislation, they've chose to try to score political points with a partisan resolution that would do nothing to permanently secure net neutrality".

"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.

"People are on the Internet a lot and it's a big part of their daily experience and the prospect that it will be changed in some fundamental way is disturbing to quite a lot of them", Kull said. The measure needs to win a vote in the House where Republicans have a larger majority, and to get a signature from President Donald Trump, who supports the FCC's action. "But ultimately, I'm confident that their effort to reinstate heavy-handed government regulation of the Internet will fail", he said in a statement. We couldn't agree more which is why for years we have called on Members of Congress to craft bipartisan legislation that would finally and permanently enshrine net neutrality protections into law.

The FCC decision to repeal net neutrality raised concerns in K-12 regarding access to digital resources.

However, Republicans are considering a bill that would bring back some of the expiring rules, but without re-categorizing broadband providers as common carriers, the New York Times story said.