Hassan Says Rollback of Net Neutrality Rules Could Hurt NH's Dairy Farmers


"Senator Hassan has been a strong advocate on this issue, and it is critical that the Senate votes in favor of restoring net neutrality".

If Senate Democrats are successful in reaching the majority, the resolution will go to on to the GOP-controlled House of Representatives, where its passage would be more hard, according to CNN.

According to the Associated Press, Senate Democrats filed a discharge petition last week, which triggered Wednesday's vote under the Congressional Review Act (CRA).

Without congressional action to overturn the FCC's decision, the old net neutrality rules expire June 11.

Wednesday's measure is backed by all 47 Senate Democrats, as well as Senator Angus King of Maine and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, both Independents who caucus with Democrats and rarely vote outside their party lines, and Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins.

Supporters of net neutrality remain confident that the issue will be a winning one for Democrats in 2018 and beyond, with some projecting it will "motivate young and progressive voters to turn out" in the upcoming midterm elections. Ultimately, it would require President Donald Trump's signature, or enough support to override a veto. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) said in a statement.

"At Stonyfield, and at businesses across New Hampshire, we rely on an internet that provides equal access and helps us reach our customers and the farms we source from", said Britt Lundgren, Stonyfield Director of Organic and Sustainable Agriculture. To do it, they must submit a disapproval resolution within 60 days after Congress receives the rule, excluding days when the legislature isn't in session.

The two agencies, Cooper said, are tasked with expressly different roles: The FCC enacts primarily preventative measures, while the FTC enacts primarily punitive measures.

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"The FTC can act after the horse has left the barn, or after the barn has been burned down", Wheeler said.

Internet service providers, for their part, see the FTC as the appropriate agency to govern their business. "With the FTC back at the helm, and appetite growing in Congress to make clear this enforcement authority is permanent and must be consistent across consumers' online experience, Americans should feel growing confidence that a proven cop is on the beat to protect their interests across the digital world".

Democrats argue the new rules give too much power to Internet service providers, whom they fear will throttle down Internet speeds for some websites and services while ramping it up for others who pay more for faster speeds.

The FCC repealed rules set under President Barack Obama, a Democrat, that barred providers from blocking or slowing down access to content or charging consumers more for certain content.

"That's what [is] at the heart of this thing", Wheeler said.

However, some Republicans aren't sold that net neutrality is such an easy win for Democrats.

If You'd Like to Call Congress to Make Your Voice Heard on Net Neutrality, You Can Use This Tool Created by the ACLU. "Indeed, where consumers desire neutrality, they'll get it through market competition, facilitated by the FCC's transparency rules and by antitrust and consumer protection law enforced by the FTC, DOJ, state attorney generals, and private plaintiffs".