Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

ND senators split on net neutrality vote

ND senators split on net neutrality vote

Indeed, that "forced vote" might explain why two Republicans - John Kennedy of Louisiana and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - made a decision to break ranks at the last minute.

The congressional effort comes less than a month before the rules are officially expected to expire, on June 11. Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, as well as three Republicans - Susan Collins of Maine, John Kennedy of Louisiana and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

But their quest to retain the rules may be short-lived.

Still, it is unclear what fate may await the measure in the House. It must still be voted on in the House of Representatives, however, and signed into law by President Trump.

There was some doubt that the vote would pass, as the widespread popular support for net neutrality is not reflected in the U.S. government.

If consumers would prefer better access to other online services, they theoretically could find another internet provider.

"That's why I have introduced companion (Congressional Review Act) in the House and I'm going to continue to work with the leadership in the House to bring this to the floor", he added. Patty Murray, D-Wash.

Republicans overwhelmingly support ending net neutrality because they want to shift regulatory power away from the federal government and toward the private market. The Internet was free and open before 2015, when the prior FCC buckled to political pressure from the WHITE HOUSE and imposed utility-style regulation on the Internet.

"This isn't about serious legislating", said Sen.

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said the internet thrived long before the Obama administration stepped in with rules in 2015, and he predicted that when the FCC repeal is in place, consumers won't notice a change in their service.

After the Federal Communications Commission repealed net neutrality rules in January, Bullock became the first state governor to issue an executive order requiring internet providers that contract with the state of Montana to follow net neutrality. In their place are requirements that companies disclose how they handle data flows.

Providers have said they won't block or throttle legal websites but have left open the possibility that they might charge more for some data delivery.

"This issue presents a stark contrast: Are you on the side of the large internet and cable companies, or are you on the side of the average American family", said Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y.

The FCC, led by Trump-nominated Ajit Pai, decided past year to end net neutrality rules in a move that voters across the political spectrum largely opposed.

Tester voted along with a Senate majority in supporting net neutrality. Sen.

The House, however, has a much higher threshold. Fifty senators previously declared their support for it - one shy of the majority needed to pass it.

The effort, which has built momentum in recent weeks, also is meant to elevate net neutrality as a political issue in the fall elections.

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