US Senate approves bill in bid to retain net neutrality

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This week, a Senate majority voted in favor of restoring net neutrality. Edward Markey, D-Mass., during debate over the resolution.

"Such an approach 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", the leaders of three leading internet service provider trade groups - the NCTA, CTIA and USTelecom - wrote to Senate leaders on Tuesday.

June 11 is the FCC's deadline to end net neutrality.

Today on national cable news, MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle and Fox Business' FBN AM mentioned the net neutrality vote in brief headline segments.

Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth of IL said "the voices of the American people were heard" with the Senates vote.

"It's time for Speaker Ryan to do his job and let us vote in the House", Welch said. Critics, including the Trump administration, said overregulation was stifling innovation, and they backed the FCC's move, which is still set to take effect next month.

This time around, net neutrality advocates and supporters will need the support of more than 20 Republicans to join House Democrats to win the vote.

The resolution will seek to overturn a rule voted on by the FCC in December that would eliminate most of its net-neutrality regulations.

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"I just think there should be a free and open internet", he added.

"The grandparents, the gamers, the gearheads, the geeks, the GIF-makers, the Generations X, Y, and Z. This movement to save net neutrality is made up of every walk of American life", he said. "There are some small independent ISPs that have a history of making privacy and net neutrality a priority, and if people have the option of patronizing them instead, they should". The rules also prohibited those companies from offering websites and app developers faster, easier access to internet users in exchange for extra fees - a tactic that critics described as digital "fast lanes" that could distort online competition in favor of large, wealthy businesses.

Republicans overwhelmingly support ending net neutrality because they want to shift regulatory power away from the federal government and toward the private market.

Citing that one in five Louisianans do not have a choice over their internet service provider, Sen.

"I'm glad the states have been able to talk some sense into politicians in Washington, D.C. and am pleased at the Senate's step in the right direction today", Bullock said in a press release. Collins had previously said she supported the underlying measure.

Net neutrality was passed in 2015.

Establishing the guidance for internet openness through rulemaking is challenging because when the ruling party changes, the regulations can be changed.

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