Published: Tue, January 16, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Senate Dems at 50-Vote Mark to Block FCC's Net Neutrality Repeal

Senate Dems at 50-Vote Mark to Block FCC's Net Neutrality Repeal

The move follows, the FCC voted in December in favour of chairman Ajit Pai's plan to roll back the regulations, which prevented internet service providers like AT&T and Verizon from slowing down certain content or requiring websites to pay for faster speeds.

As of yesterday, senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said that all 49 Democrats, plus one Republican, senator Susan Collins of ME, supported a resolution for the restoration of net neutrality.

On Dec. 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission overturned a 2015 decision to treat broadband internet communications as a Title II communication service with providers being "common carriers" instead of "information providers". That means it would only need two non-Democratic supporters to pass.

"When we force a vote on this bill, Republicans in Congress will - for the first time - have the opportunity to right the administration's wrong and show the American people whose side they're on: big ISPs and major corporations or consumers, entrepreneurs, and small business owners", he added. Markey asserted, "There is a tsunami of Congressional and grassroots support to overturn the FCC's partisan and misguided decision on net neutrality". As of now, the resolution has support of all 49 Democratic senators along with the support of one Republican: Susan Collins of Maine.

"The longer this sort of thing drags out and the more it looks like Democrats might have the votes in the Senate, the harder it is to get Democrats in the Senate to work with us", Thune said last week, according to Politico.

Congressman Welch will be joining 79 House colleagues in introducing legislation to overturn the FCC rule and restore net neutrality. The groups hope that pressure from voters will spur enough Republican lawmakers to support it.

But even if the Senate Democrats secure another vote, the bill faces an uphill battle.

"What's become clear over the previous year is that despite an intense public relations effort to pull the wool over Republican voters' eyes in order to turn net neutrality into a partisan issue, most conservatives outside Washington aren't buying it", advocacy group Demand Progress said today.

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