Senate keeps net neutrality alive with a 52-47 vote; next stop, the House

Senate keeps net neutrality alive with a 52-47 vote; next stop, the House
With the life of net neutrality hanging in the balance, the Senate voted 52-47 to repeal the misleadingly named "Restoring Internet Freedom Order" that actually would eliminate the Obama-era regulation. Net neutrality prevents ISPs and wireless carriers from discriminating against certain content by blocking its dissemination, or by charging content providers for access to a faster data stream (See the illustration at the top of this story). With net neutrality in effect, ISPs and wireless operators are forced to treat all content the same.

Since January, it was apparent that all 49 Democrats would vote to keep net neutrality alive, and Senator Susan Collins (Maine-R) would cross the aisle. But a 50-50 tie was as good as a defeat for the Democrats since Vice President Mike Pence would cast the tie breaking vote. However, Senator John Kennedy (Louisiana-R) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (Alaska-R) also voted in favor of the Congressional Rule Act vote. Under the CRA, a regulation approved by an agency, in this case the FCC, can be overturned by Congress. The FCC plans on eliminating net neutrality on June 11th unless the CRA passes.

The Senate vote was the easy part for supporters of net neutrality, which includes the majority of Americans. The CRA now moves to the House of Representatives where only 160 Democrats have pledged support for it among the 435 House members. And even if it passes the house, the CRA will no doubt be vetoed by President Donald Trump.


Interestingly, net neutrality has turned into a campaign issue. Some Democrats running in the mid-term elections are planning to use net neutrality as a way to differentiate themselves from the Republicans. The Democrats also hope that the issue gets millions of young voters to cast a vote this November.

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7 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I'm no conspiracy theorist but... I think that's one way of diverting the attention of citizens away from more glaring matters such as North Korea peace talk (Which is tanking, not so surprisingly, given the childish, even baby-ish mentality of both leaders), Israel-Palestine Dispute (Which The U.N doesn't even pretend to care, given the remarks of American U.N Ambassador) and Iran nuclear deal! Worry about your internet, gender equality, #MeToo and LGBT rights and recent resurgence of racial discrimination. Worry about Salma Hayek campaigning for pay cuts and sob for Kristein Stewart walking the red carpet bare footed while we are busy destabilizing The Middle East (For some bizarre reasons) and spilling blood of the innocents... Anyhow; my DSL connection maintains 50 Mbps download and 30 Mbps upload speeds, no matter what. I thought that goes without saying; until recently! Oh well... The end of days! G'Day!

2. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3125; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

A pyrrhic victory at best. This stands zero chance in the House and even lesser chance IF it reaches the Orange s**tgibbon's desk.

5. gamehead unregistered

Mid terms elections are approaching. IDK

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, it's frustrating as hell that we can only expect lawmakers to do the right thing under threat of being voted out.

7. rouyal

Posts: 1576; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Lol Orange s**tgibbon lives in your head 24/7 rent free. You only comment when you think it gives you an opportunity to use one of the worn playground insults. I mean, I expect elementary emotional response from the left, but....c’mon bruh its time to mentally and emotionally mature.

3. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I've seen articles online listing off every politician who voted against Net Neutrality and when they're running for reelection. I can only hope we can shame people into doing the right thing. As of late, Democrats are on a role in regards to election success, and I think that it has very much to do with how little the Republican majority is interested in working across the table. They might be able to get some bills passed at the moment, but their dismissal of half the nation is going to come back to bite them in the end.

4. gamehead unregistered

Let's hope it passes in the house too

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