Senate approves resolution rejecting FCC’s net neutrality ruling
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Senate approves resolution rejecting FCC’s net neutrality ruling

The US Senate [official website] approved a resolution [S J Res 52] on Wednesday that rejects the Federal Communication Commission’s “Restoring Internet Freedom” [text] ruling that dismantled net neutrality.

The resolution passed the Senate with a vote [vote record] of 52-47. Three Republican senators voted for the resolution, including Collins of Maine, Kennedy of Louisiana and Murkowski of Alaska. Senator McCain of Arizona did not cast a vote in the resolution.

The bill has now been sent to the House of Representatives. FCC Chairman Pai has stated [statement, TXT] that “[i]t’s disappointing that Senate Democrats forced this resolution through by a narrow margin. But ultimately, I’m confident that their effort to reinstate heavy-handed government regulation of the Internet will fail.” Restoring Internet Freedom becomes effective [Federal Register, PDF] on June 11, 2018.

The FCC Chairman proposed [JURIST report] the net neutrality rules in February 2015. An appeals court declined [JURIST report] to reconsider the rules in May 2017.