Internet service providers have a long history of net neutrality violations and without rules they will finally have the freedom to discriminate online. The Senate vote was very close with all 49 Democrats voting to restore net neutrality rules along with three Republicans senators - Susan Collins (ME), Lisa Murkowski (AK) and John Kennedy (LA).
The resolution will seek to overturn a rule voted on by the FCC in December that eliminated most of its net-neutrality regulations.
This is a huge moment for those who feel that Net Neutrality rules are necessary to keep the Internet a fair and level playing field.
Net neutrality rules introduced by the previous U.S. administration prevent telecom providers from interfering with Internet traffic and favouring particular websites.
The first vote on internet traffic regulation came in 2011 but did not end up going beyond the Senate.
Even if it passes, the resolution faces a dubious future, as it would go to the House of Representatives and, if it passes there, to President Donald Trump.More news: Microsoft plans to take on iPad with low-priced Surface tablets
Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman voted against the reversal. Council's governance committee authorized further discussion of Councilman Manny Pelaez's proposal to require Internet providers that do business with the city not to block or prioritize traffic on their networks.
In recent months, Republicans have used the tools made available in the Congressional Review Act to overturn several environmental, health and safety rules put into place in the final months of the Obama administration. For example, Democrat House Representative Sean Patrick Maloney's bill, H.R.4585 - Save Net Neutrality Act of 2017, was killed immediately by the Republican-dominated House by being referred to the subcommittee on Communications and Technology.
It also said last week that consumers demand strong and enforceable net neutrality rules on internet providers. Edward Markey, Massachusetts Democrat, who said the "public is telling us loud and clear that they want net neutrality". The repeal of net neutrality is not only a blow to the average consumer, but it is a blow to public schools, rural Americans, communities of color and small businesses. Without net neutrality rules in place, ISPs could discriminate against certain publishers and web services, while promoting others.
Trade associations representing the largest internet service providers including AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and Comcast Corp.in a May 15 letter to Senate leaders urged a vote against the resolution, saying its success would reinstate outdated regulations and curb investment.
Markey said that vote was the most important that the Senate had taken on the internet.
Many Senate Republicans, together with Sen. According to data provided by Google, net neutrality regularly ranks among top political searches in each state.