Senate to Vote on Repealing Changes to Net Neutrality Rules

Cornelia Mascio
Mag 16, 2018

"For a small business like mine - and I think probably numerous small farms that Stonyfield is sourcing milk from - everything is internet-based now", said Roger Noonan, President of the New England Farmers Union.

The group urged supporters to call key senators in Utah, Florida, Nevada, Arizona, and California, as well as Murkowski, Gardner, and Kennedy, to ensure that the Democratic caucus of 49 senators have the Republican support they need to pass the CRA. Sen.

With new FCC-approved internet regulations set to take effect next month, Senate Democrats plan force a vote Wednesday on a resolution to block implementation of the "Restoring Internet Freedom" order - a measure which critics argue would undo Obama-era net neutrality protections. "Susan Collins (R-Maine) to vote in favor", Common Dreams reported.

The resolution, which was introduced by Sen.

Republican senators were hoping to avoid the vote, but Democrats are using a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to force the full Senate to vote.

Sen. Ed Markey, who is now leading of the effort to save Net Neutrality, stated that the possibility of President Trump blocking the movement if it passes the necessary votes would create a "political firestorm", however the controversial world leader hasn't shied from such backlash in the past. If successful in the House, it would then go to President Trump's desk to await his signature, although the President's support is unlikely, despite the amount of time he spends on the Internet.

Senator Hassan speaks with Stonyfield employees about the negative impact that repealing net neutrality would have on rural businesses.

"The internet should be kept free and open like our highways, accessible and affordable to every American, regardless of ability to pay. A vote against this resolution will be a vote to protect large corporations and special interests, leaving the American public to pay the price", explains Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer in a statement on Monday.

"The next 24 hours could make or break this fight.This is a moment where the entire Internet needs to go all-in for net neutrality".

Representatives from Stonyfield are anxious, among other things, that Internet Service Providers could start charging more for access to some websites and services.

"Americans will still be able to access websites they want to visit, they will still be able to enjoy the services they want to enjoy".

Advocates of keeping the 2015 open-internet rules have the backing of 50 USA senators, including Republican Susan Collins. "This is the way things were prior to 2015, and how they will be once again".

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