The House of Representatives would also have to pass a resolution reversing the FCC's decision by majority vote, and in that chamber, Republicans have a more than 40-seat advantage. And on Capitol Hill, Senate Democrats said they are one vote shy of passing a measure to block the FCC's repeal. But before you bemoan the end of net neutrality, a last minute war is being wagered in the Senate and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) now says Democrats in the Senate are a single vote away from restoring net neutrality. A reversal of the FCC decision faces a hard road and needs the approval of the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House and President Donald Trump. The odds of both of those events occurring are likely very low.
"Today's new rule would enable ISPs to charge consumers more to access sites like Facebook and Twitter and give them the leverage to degrade [the] high quality of video streaming until and unless somebody pays them more money". Ed Markey (D-Mass.), which would block the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality rules. Now the Democrats are fighting hard to save net neutrality, but they will need a little help from their rivals to do so.
While the idea of securing a single additional vote might sound encouraging, the Congressional Review Act states that after an independent agency (such as the FCC) makes a decision, lawmakers have 60 days to override it. Lawsuit are pending that would challenge FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's decision to repeal net neutrality rules. The vote in December marked a victory for AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc and handed them power over what content consumers can access on the internet.
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"The free and open internet has become a backbone to the way our people, our business and our society work, learn and live", Denn said in a release announcing Delaware's involvement. A three-judge panel ultimately sided with the FCC.
Much as the broadband industry did in 2015, today's opponents of the FCC have vowed to open a new chapter of litigation and congressional action to reverse the vote. The first of those suits to challenge the decision might begin as early as this month.