Good news from the U.S. Senate! Consumers win another battle. On Wednesday, the Senate voted to reinstate the net neutrality protections the Federal Communications Commission decided to repeal late last year.
However, the battle isn’t over. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for action and if it is approved there it will need President Trump’s signature. If all that happens, Internet service providers will have to continue following rules that prohibit blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization.
Before today’s vote, Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) urged fellow senators to disregard the “armies of lobbyists marching the halls of Congress on behalf of big Internet service providers.” The Internet service providers are spending millions in lobbying efforts and campaign contributions in an attempt to block today’s victory for consumers.
Details may be found in an article by Jon Brodkin in the ArsTechnica web site at: http://bit.ly/2k0Ouow.