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Editorial: Senate vote first step to protect an open internet

Editorial: Senate vote first step to protect an open internet

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Everett, WA, May 11, 2018 | comments

While it may get no further than the U.S. Senate, legislation that would restore Obama-era open internet rules, otherwise known as net neutrality, should move forward.

Senate Democrats, joined by one Republican, filed a discharge petition that will force a vote on legislation that would overturn Federal Communication Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s move last year to scrap net neutrality rules that the FCC established in 2015 under the Obama administration.

Net neutrality — for those readers still with us — essentially regulated the internet as a utility. The regulations prohibited internet service providers from blocking legal content and services, throttling data speed and setting up paid “fast lanes” that would favor their affiliates or those content providers willing to pay more to reach their customers.

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