Net Neutrality Rules 'Heavy-Handed,' McConnell Argues

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"This should not be a partisan issue", Leahy said. "Our approach will help promote digital opportunity-that is, making high-speed Internet access available to every single American so that they can be participants in, rather than spectators of, our digital economy".

Preserving net neutrality looks like a long shot.

Next, the House will vote on net neutrality, but it's unclear if the House will vote the same way as the Senate. "Speaker Ryan should listen".

"The American public understands how important these protections are to their lives and the future of the internet", Nelson said.

Back in December, the FCC repealed "net neutrality" rules that ensured equal treatment for all web traffic.

Regardless of the unlikelihood of this truly re-enacting internet neutrality guidelines, Democrats will hail it as a victory.

Gov. Phil Scott signed an executive order to a similar effect earlier this year.

Thune noted that he was "more than willing to enter into a debate to ideal this piece of legislation" rather than "waste more time, valuable time, in a cloud of uncertainty where one FCC to the next continues to change the rules".

That the FCC overturned its net-neutrality rules was no surprise. An audit found that almost 100% of organic comments on the page were opposed to repealing the rule.

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We're not going to lie: this is an uphill battle. Chairman Wheeler's Net Neutrality is, in a nutshell, zero-price wholesale rate regulation without due process.

Experts including Amanda Lotz, a professor of communication studies and screen arts and cultures at the University of MI, do not anticipate internet access will change noticeably come mid-June. "In other words, protecting net neutrality isn't about saving Netflix but about saving the next Netflix".

"They're just enormous questions out there", Lotz said.

"You'll recall the wailing of the left-wing activists was that when the FCC repealed the Obama administration's power grab that the internet would end", Cruz told IJR. The rules also prohibited those companies from offering websites and app developers faster, easier access to internet users in exchange for extra fees - a tactic that critics described as digital "fast lanes" that could distort online competition in favor of large, wealthy businesses.

She continued: "I'm frustrated where we are today".

"I haven't talked to anyone who isn't for net neutrality generically", Hoeven said.

Republicans countered that the rules are heavy-handed and an example of government overregulation, and they accused Democrats of using the issue to fire up young voters ahead of this fall's elections. However, many argue that is unlikely.

"House Republicans don't have to choose the same path that the vast majority of Republicans in the Senate chose", Schumer said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

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