The Senate has successfully voted to overrule FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and save Net Neutrality (provided that Congress and Trump agree); the vote was a squeaker on near straight party lines: all the Dems and independents voted to keep Net Neutrality, and they won the day thanks to help from three Republicans who split from their party: Susan M Collins [R-ME]; John Kennedy [R-LA] and Lisa Murkowski [R-AK].
None of the three Republicans are up for re-election in 2018; Collins will face the ballot in 2020, and Kennedy and Murkowski are safe until 2022.
Eight of the Republicans who voted to kill Net Neutrality hold seats that will be contested in 2018: Jeff Flake [R-AZ, who is quitting but didn't have the guts to stick up for Net Neutrality]; Roger Wicker [R-MS]; Deb Fischer [R-NE]; Bob Corker [R-TN]; Ted Cruz [R-TX]; Orrin Hatch [R-UT] and John Barrasso [R-WY].
Net Neutrality [Rowshare]
Here's How Every Senator Voted on Restoring Net Neutrality [Kaleigh Rogers/Motherboard]
Trump's FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was so determined to ram through a Net Neutrality repeal that he ignored the fact that the FCC's public comment inbox was flooded with fake comments from anti-Net Neutrality bots -- at least a million of them -- who indiscriminately stole identities from the dead and alive alike (Pai said […]
Two days ago, the Senate voted to overrule Trump FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and restore Net Neutrality; it was an incredible victory, but unless the same motion passes in the House, it's a symbolic one.
Why do 87% of Americans hold a favorable view of Net Neutrality? Not because the vast majority of the country has become wonkishly interested in the intersection of competition policy and telcoms regulation: it's because they care about the internet.
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