The US Senate just voted to save net neutrality

A rally in support of net neutrality outside the Capitol in Washington Feb. 27 2018

That was evident Wednesday as Democrats paraded to the Senate floor to give speeches in support of net neutrality while most Republicans were silent on the matter.

The repeal takes effect June 11.

"Moreover, contrary to the scare tactics employed by Senate Democrats, which earned three Pinocchios from the WASHINGTON POSTs fact-checker, our light-touch approach will deliver better, faster, and cheaper Internet access and more broadband competition to the American people - something that millions of consumers desperately want and something that should be a top priority". "Because of the popularity of net neutrality, it is very hard for anyone to say they don't support net neutrality".

Mark Farrell, mayor of San Francisco, took to Twitter before the vote to urge people to call their congressional representatives and ask them to support the resolution.

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The 52 to 47 vote margin in the Senate was larger than expected with three Republicans - John Kennedy, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins - voting with 47 Democrats and two independents to reverse the Trump administration's action. The biggest concern was the FCC's designation of high-speed internet services as "common carrier" services, akin to telephone services that are subject to greater regulation. "This bill will restore a free and open internet, putting businesses, classrooms, and health care just a click away".

The Editorial Board of the Los Angeles Times-an ardent proponent of net neutrality rules-recently wrote that the CRA "maneuver is likely to be more of a distraction than a solution".

The battle over net neutrality isn't over yet.

Lotz said it is hard to predict how it will play out, but expects that over the course of the first year it is possible that users will start to notice changes in their access to certain web services or their bills as internet service providers set up agreements with companies like Netflix or others. "My guess is 90 percent of Americans support fuzzy bunny rabbit", Cruz said.

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"I'm sort of in the mindset that we probably will not see too much of a difference", Turner-Lee said.

"I'm glad the states have been able to talk some sense into politicians in Washington, D.C. and am pleased at the Senate's step in the right direction today", Bullock said in a press release. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai led the charge against the net neutrality regulations, calling them an example of government overreach that discouraged internet providers from investing in upgrades to their networks.

Thune, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation mentioned he helps a ban on blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization of web site visitors, however reverting to the antiquated legal guidelines as Democrats need "solely delays concrete protections for a free and open web".

She advocates for Congress to take up legislation setting policies around internet openness in law.

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"Either we stand with everyday Americans or with the massive corporations who have found a new way to make money off of them", said Sen.

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