The US Senate just voted to save net neutrality

Sammi Le Master helps to dismantle a large alarm clock display that reads

Sammi Le Master helps to dismantle a large alarm clock display that reads"Net Neutrality Wake Up Call from the stage after a protest at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington Thursday Dec. 14 2017

It is not clear if the U.S. House will vote at all on the measure while the White House has said it is opposed.

"People are on the Internet a lot and it's a big part of their daily experience and the prospect that it will be changed in some fundamental way is disturbing to quite a lot of them", Kull said. The measure will now go to the House, where it faces a tough road and the necessity of getting 25 Republicans to join all Congressional Democrats in voting for the bill. Republicans also argue that Democrats are playing on unfounded fears that Internet service providers will jack up costs and anger their consumer base.

Markey described a coalition of Internet voters that bridge the usual philosophical party lines when it comes to government regulation. Democrats think the fight to restore the rules could be a political victor during November's congressional midterm elections even if the effort is unsuccessful because it will force Republicans to vote against reinstating the rules.

But those new regulations fall short, say proponents of net neutrality, the principle that ISPs should give consumers access to all legal content and applications on an equal basis, not favoring some sources or blocking others.

The FCC decided in 2015 to reclassify internet service providers as common carriers under a 1996 law.

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"Such an approach would curb the necessary investment and infrastructure improvements that are critical for connecting more Americans to high-speed broadband and enabling wider internet access, especially in poor and rural areas", the leaders of three leading internet service provider trade groups - the NCTA, CTIA and USTelecom - wrote to Senate leaders on Tuesday. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, part of the Republican majority, has said the Obama rule was "heavy-handed" and isn't needed.

A similar resolution in the House, authored by Congressman Mike Doyle, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, has garnered 162 co-sponsors, all Democrats.

Net neutrality supporters note that 15 Republicans crossed the aisle in March 2017 on another internet issue. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who runs the Senate GOP's 2018 campaign operation and voted against the resolution.

The vote will happen at 3p.m. EST today, so this may be your last chance to call your Senators and ask them to cancel FCC's repeal of the Open Internet Order through the CRA.

One of the reasons why the FCC made a decision to end its net neutrality protection is because the agency believes that its authority extends only in the regulation of broadband networks, whereas websites and services are under the domain of the Federal Trade Commission.

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