In the ongoing soap opera involving the fight to save net neutrality regulations, today’s episode saw the U.S. Senate pass a special measure that would overturn the Federal Communication Commission’s measure to roll back Obama-era net neutrality rules.
On Wedneday evening, the Senate approved a Congressional Review Act resolution that effectively does away with the FCC’s December vote to deregulate the broadband industry. That sounds like a big win for supporters of net neutrality, but there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done and some serious hurdles that would have to be overcome in order for the repeal of net neutrality (currently scheduled for June 11) to not happen.
Now that the measure was approved in the Senate by a 52-47 vote—which saw three Republicans jump the aisle to push it through—it will move to the House, which it faces much tougher odds. Republicans hole a 236-193 majority in that chamber. And if, by some miracle, the House is able to push the resolution through, it would then need to be signed off on by the sitting President of the United States—and we know how Mr. Trump feels about government overreach via regulations.
So, the passage of the CRA resolution should really be seen as a last gasp by lawmakers to save the internet, but it’s likely still headed to a swift demise on the other side of Capital Hill.
— Mashable (@mashable) May 17, 2018
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What We’re Reading
- The RED Hydrogen One phone will come to both AT&T and Verizon this summer. (The Verge)
- Facebook is teaming up with the Atlantic Council to improve its systems around election season, hoping to stop the threat of misuse of the platform. (Facebook Newsroom)
- An up-close look at the Honor 10, which was announced this week. (CNET)