Senate Democrats win vote on net neutrality, a centerpiece of 2018 strategy

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The Senate resolution would overturn a vote by the agency in December to scuttle its open-internet regulations.

Cruz, who voted down the Congressional Review Act (CRA) forced to the floor by Democrats, told IJR that he's not concerned over Democrats using his vote against him or other Republicans up for reelection in the fall.

Back in December, the FCC repealed "net neutrality" rules that ensured equal treatment for all web traffic. Supporters of net neutrality say it allows everyone to access the internet on a fair basis, and prevents companies from charging users extra to visit popular websites.

The effort, which has built momentum in recent weeks, also is meant to elevate net neutrality as a political issue in the fall elections. Evenif the legislation clears Congress, it still would have to be signed into law by President Trump, who has been critical of net neutrality.

The resolution's fate is uncertain in the House and it's unlikely to have President Donald Trump's support, the Washington Post reported.

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"It's very hard to say the public should trust their ISPs not to violate net neutrality principles, as they actually have a history of doing so even when the FCC had rules against it", Trendacosta said Wednesday.

Net neutrality is the idea that the internet should be classified as a public utility.

"Try polling, instead, should the federal government have the authority to regulate the internet and regulate terms of service and pricing".

Trade groups representing internet providers sent a letter to Capitol Hill on Tuesday urging lawmakers to vote against the CRA.

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"If you trust your cable company, you're going to support" the FCC's decision eliminate net-neutrality rules, Kennedy said.

Representatives already began lobbying for the effort in the House, which is now lacking the necessary votes to pass.

In order to roll back Pai's plans permanently, campaigners will need to fight it in the House of Representatives, where the Republican party enjoys a much larger majority than it does in the Senate.

"Net Neutrality is like naming something fuzzy bunny rabbit". Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; Susan Collins, R-Maine; and John Kennedy, R-La.

"I don't think we can expect that our experience of the internet will be radically different the next day", she said. "Today we show the American people who sides with them, and who sides with the powerful special interests and corporate donors who are thriving under this administration".

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Pai argued that the Obama-era commission was too heavy handed with its regulation and stifled small internet service providers. Twenty-three attorney's general have filed a lawsuit to stop the repeal of the rules. "Net neutrality protected everyone ... that era, the era of an open Internet, will unfortunately soon come to an end".

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