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Sen. Stabenow on the future of net neutrality, tariffs, and PFAS contamination

Sen. Stabenow on the future of net neutrality, tariffs, and PFAS contamination

The U.S. Senate Wednesday voted to save net neutrality by overturning a decision made by the Federal Communications Commission to repeal the regulations made in 2015 under President Barack Obama.

Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO thanked the Senators for their work in protecting a free and open internet. The final vote was 52-47.

Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan voted with his party, against the resolution to undo the FCC's December decision. The Congress has 60 days to review and revoke Net Neutrality under the CRA.

Neither tipped a hand until they voted a few hours earlier Wednesday to move the measure past a procedural hurdle.

Representative Mike Doyle, a Democrat, said he would launch an effort on Thursday to try to force a House vote and needs the backing of at least two dozen Republicans.

Despite the Senate vote, and the popular support for net neutrality, the restoration effort will go nowhere without the support of the House - where Republicans outnumber Democrats.

Despite the Senate's passing of the resolution, the measure is unlikely to be enacted.

Still, Net Neutrality has an extremely vocal group of online supporters, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she expects they'll take aim at Republicans.

Net neutrality requires internet service providers (ISPs) like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon to give their users equal access to all internet content. Upending these rules means that, for a fee, ISPs can prioritize certain websites, allowing them to load more quickly on their users' devices, and slow down or even block other sites. The internet flourished free and open before these rules were implemented, but unfortunately, expansion of broadband suffered because of the added regulations. Telecommunications companies oppose the regulations.

Republicans who voted against the measure criticized the move as "political theater" with little chance of becoming law.

Senate Democrats, led by Ed Markey of MA, used the Congressional Review Act-an oversight tool that permits Congress to repeal rulings made by agencies such as the FCC-to force Wednesday's vote. "At BestVPN.com, we stand side by side with companies and citizens around the world in opposition to the FCC's decision".

"The reversal of net neutrality is a consumer's worst nightmare, but it is also a nightmare for small businesses, for competition, and innovation and creativity in America", said Blumenthal.

Both of Maine's US senators have joined a majority of their colleagues by voting to block a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plan to repeal net neutrality rules.

Democrats say they're planning to carry the fight to salvage the concept that internet service providers (ISP) must treat all content the same into the 2018 midterms.

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