Senate To Vote On Net Neutrality Today


Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown says this week's vote could help sway more Republicans if it heads to the House.

Announcing that Democrats would force a vote on the repeal of net neutrality, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said in a statement, "Soon the American people will know which side their member of Congress is on: fighting for big corporations and ISPs or defending small business owners, entrepreneurs, middle-class families, and everyday consumers".

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Democrats are employing the Congressional Review Act, a law that allows Congress to repeal agency rules and regulations on a simple majority vote - instead of a 60-vote threshold needed to break procedural hurdles on most legislation - if lawmakers act within a narrow timeframe after an agency puts a rule into place.

If Senate Democrats are successful in reaching the majority, the resolution will go to on to the GOP-controlled House of Representatives, where its passage would be more hard, according to CNN. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, and Angus King, of ME, and U.S. Sen.

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The House has introduced a similar CRA resolution.

Senate Democrat Ed Markey of MA and colleagues are forcing a floor vote to "save" something called "net neutrality".

"The internet should be kept free and open like our highways, accessible and affordable to every American, regardless of ability to pay".

"A vote against this resolution will be a vote to protect large corporations and special interests, leaving the American public to pay the price", Schumer said.

Last week, the FCC said the net neutrality rules would expire on June 11 and that the new regulations approved in December, handing providers broad new power over how consumers can access the internet, would take effect.

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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". Calling on Congress to reject the resolution in favor of developing bipartisan legislation to replace the FCC rules, the groups argued that the CRA does "nothing" to address the data mining and other practices of tech companies who have come under growing scrutiny for their role in facilitating the spread of online misinformation and harassment.

The agency's two Democrats at the time, Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel, voted to keep the rules on the books.

"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".

The 2015 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'. "This is the way things were prior to 2015, and how they will be once again".

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