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Net neutrality gets thumbs up from GOP Sen. Susan Collins

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Together with the FCC place to attempt and repeal net neutrality next month, people who worry about corporations remaking the internet to a tiered payment system have been battling back, even if it’s only about the Twitter account of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.

But a dominant GOP senator has come out from the repeal giving the motion to stop rsquo & Pai;therefore strategy a boost of energy.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), possibly the most moderate Republican in the Senate, told the Bangor Daily News she does not encourage the FCC’s try to end internet neutrality.

“Internet providers shouldn’t manage their system that limits consumers’ options,” a spokeswoman for Collins, Annie Clark, told the newspaper.

Collins, who had been one of just three Republicans to vote contrary to the Senate’s bill to repeal Obamacare, also is worried about discouraging the spread of broadband internet in the rural areas of her state.

Collins seems to be the only GOP member in the Senate to oppose the repeal, and conservatives generally say neutrality should be repealed since it entails government regulation.

The campaign director for the nonprofit Fight for the Future, Evan Greer, was grateful for Collins’ remarks.

“We expect to see more Republican lawmakers join her call for the FCC to protect, not gut net neutrality before the bureau’s Dec. 14th vote,” Greer said in a statement. “Sen. Collins clearly recognizes that businesses and Internet users across this nation simply cannot afford to become unprotected from anti-competitive practices perpetrated by the country’s broadband giants. Web neutrality rules that are existing are supported by an overwhelming majority of voters. Other GOP lawmakers must follow Sen. Collins lead, listen to their constituents about this vital issue, and take action to stop the FCC’s irresponsible rush toward a vote. ”

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