Senate Votes to Restore Net Neutrality
But effort will likely 'go nowhere' in the House
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 16, 2018 3:40 PM CDT
In this Dec. 14, 2017 file photo, Lindsay Chestnut of Baltimore holds a sign that reads "I like My Internet Like I Like my Country: Free & Open" as she protests near the Federal Communications Commission...   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

(Newser) – The Senate has voted to kill a Federal Communications Commission rule that repealed the Obama administration's ban on internet providers blocking or slowing down certain content. Back in December, in an effort to deregulate the internet, the FCC repealed "net neutrality" rules that ensured equal treatment for all web traffic. The Obama-era rule prevented providers such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from interfering with internet traffic and favoring their own sites and apps. Three Republicans joined with Democrats in voting to repeal the FCC rule that is scheduled to go into effect next month, the AP reports. The final vote was 52-47.

Telecommunications companies lobbied hard to overturn net neutrality, and critics, including the Trump administration, said over-regulation was stifling innovation. CNN says the measure to reinstate net neutrality will now "be sent to the GOP-led House, where it'll likely go nowhere," noting that Trump isn't likely to back it either. Still, the AP notes, Democrats see their effort as something that will energize young voters who value unfettered access to the internet.


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