FCC's Controversial Net Neutrality Repeal Enters Force In June

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While the Democratic effort is facing stiff competition in Congress, it has already gained enough momentum to swing a vote with 50 senators backing the bill in total.

"We're now one step away from allowing the American public to see where their elected officials stand on protecting their internet service", said Schumer, as the Democrats formally launched an effort to restore the regulations scrapped previous year by the Federal Communications Commission.

A year ago the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, led by Chairman Ajit Pai, repealed net neutrality rules for Internet providers. However they are one person shy from actually overturning the FCC's decision.

"When the Republican-led FCC voted to repeal net neutrality in December, they handed the large Internet Service Providers all the cards", Schumer said in a statement.

Even if the resolution clears Congress and makes it to President Donald Trump's desk, there's a still a chance he could veto it. The president would then need to sign it into law. That vote could come as soon as next week.

Even if the vote succeeds in the Senate, gaining the necessary votes or even floor time in the more ISP-cash compromised House could prove problematic.

"Americans do not want access to the internet to look like access to cable channels, where ISPs set up paid schemes to prioritize some websites and services over others". Edward Markey (D-Mass.) said. "Tell the Senate they must protect net neutrality to keep the web open".

Net neutrality is the idea that all information should be able to pass freely through internet servers. Susan Collins, the independent-minded Republican from Maine.

Repealing net neutrality regulations means consumers could start paying more for their internet services, critics have said.

Net Neutrality is still very much in favour among the public, which could sway the decisions of potential voters moving forward.

"Are they protecting average consumers and middle-class families, or are they protecting the big corporate special interests?" he asked. As of today, 50 senators have said they will vote to restore the rules, meaning that the measure will pass 50-49 - assuming that Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), now on a medical leave, doesn't vote.

Public Knowledge opposes Chairman Pai's deeply troubling break with nearly 20 years of bipartisan FCC support for the Open Internet, and is also suing the FCC.

"There will be nowhere for Senators to hide", Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) added in a tweet.

In his comments, Markey addressed the likelihood that Trump would sign legislation pushed for by Democrats, saying he'd be hardpressed to ignore the groundswell of support.

While the resolution has a good chance to pass the Senate, it will have a more hard time passing through the House.

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