The US Senate is scheduled to vote on the reversal of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) repeal of Net Neutrality rules today, with a predicted 50-49 vote in favour of saving Net Neutrality. Senate Democrats are now whipping up this base ahead of a phony vote on Wednesday, and the ironies are many.
The latest call to action followed similar rallying cries in recent days, as senators who oppose the FCC's December repeal of net neutrality rules have prepared to bring the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to the senate floor for a vote.
All 49 Democratic Senators, and Republican moderate Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. The CRA resolution would nullify the FCC's December 2017 vote. Unlike the two-thirds, or 60-vote, majority senators must typically obtain to pass a piece of legislation, senators need only a 51-vote majority to pass something under a CRA vote.
Markey argued that by passing his resolution and putting net neutrality "back on the books", the Senate can "send a clear message to American families that we support them, not the special interest agenda of President (Donald) Trump and his broadband baron allies".
"The internet should be kept free and open like our highways, accessible and affordable to every American, regardless of ability to pay" said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, in a statement announcing Democrats would force the vote, utilizing a rarely-used discharge petition.
"New Hampshire businesses like Stonyfield are creating good jobs, promoting sustainability and corporate responsibility, and are speaking out in favor of important priorities like net neutrality", said Senator Hassan.
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The FCC repealed rules set under President Barack Obama, a Democrat, that barred providers from blocking or slowing down access to content or charging consumers more for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.
Specifically, the Obama-era rules classified the internet as a "telecommunications service" subject to Title II of the 1934 Communications Act - not an "information service".
Those rules were meant to ensure a free and open internet, give consumers equal access to web content and bar broadband service providers from favoring their own material or others.
"The next 24 hours could make or break this fight.This is a moment where the entire Internet needs to go all-in for net neutrality".
"Americans will still be able to access websites they want to visit, they will still be able to enjoy the services they want to enjoy. You are either for a free and open internet or you are not", said Sen. "This is the way things were prior to 2015, and how they will be once again".