Senate to Vote on FCC 'Net Neutrality' Repeal Set for June 11

While the FCC voted to remove Net Neutrality rules in December, June 11 will be the official date of their disappearance—if lawmakers don't intervene.

Posted: May 11, 2018 10:44 AM
Updated: May 11, 2018 10:45 AM

By MAE ANDERSON , AP Technology Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission has set June 11 as the repeal date for "net neutrality" rules meant to prevent broadband companies from exercising more control over what people watch and see on the internet.

Among other things, the rules prohibited companies such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon from favoring some services and apps over others.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says the repeal aims to replace "heavy-handed" rules with a "light-touch" approach to internet regulation.

The FCC voted in December to gut the rules.

Currently, more than half of states have introduced legislation to preserve net neutrality in their states. A Senate vote on a federal bill is expected next week. If that passes, the House has until the end of the year to vote on it. (end AP story)

CLICK HERE for our previous story on how Oregon has tried to retain Net Neutrality in lieu of federal regulations.

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has recently spoken out in strong support of Senate efforts to pass legislation that would codify Net Neutrality into law. The push is led by Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), and has the support of Senate Democrats—as well as at least one Republican, Susan Collins (R-ME).

Although President Trump is expected to veto any such bill, Republican opposition to Net Neutrality has not been particularly vocal, with a few exceptions.

In a CNBC editorial, Senator John Thune (R-SD) spoke out in favor of the spirit of Net Neutrality, but opposed leaving it within the realm of 'backwards' telecommunications regulations overseen by the FCC. Instead, he said that he favored a bill that would 'permanently ban blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization by broadband internet providers' through law.

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