The Senate resolution would overturn a vote by the agency in December to scuttle its open-internet regulations.
Some say the decision could be largely symbolic, given that the majority of the American public support net neutrality and politicians are well aware how their stance on the issue might affect them when voters go to the polls for the midterms.
Though the vote on the measure has been expected for months, its outcome had been uncertain going into the vote. Yesterday's vote included three Republicans, including Susan Collins of Maine.
Earlier in the day, the measure overcame a procedural hurdle, portending its eventual outcome.
The Senate passed the bill 52-47, with three Republicans and two independents joining Senate Democrats to approve the bill. "I will continue working across the aisle to move this measure forward and support a level playing field for all of our people and businesses", Hassan added. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., who runs the Senate Democrats' 2018 campaign operation. In a tweet, Sen.
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But in a last ditch effort to keep the regulations, Democrats used an obscure tool called the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to reverse the ruling.
"I have voted to pass this resolution today so that we can reset the discussion and move beyond the politics at play here to what is really needed - lasting legislation that will provide certainty and move us beyond shifting regulatory standards that depend on who is running the FCC", Murkowski said. "However, net neutrality regulations are the wrong approach".
"The promise of an open internet is foundational to providing equitable learning opportunities to all students, not just those who can afford them", said Richard Culatta, CEO at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), in a prepared statement. If it fails, internet providers would be able to favor certain websites, by slowing them down or speeding them up.
Critics of the FCC rollback say they're anxious about consumers being forced to pay more for less consistent or slower service. Council's governance committee authorized further discussion of Councilman Manny Pelaez's proposal to require Internet providers that do business with the city not to block or prioritize traffic on their networks. It also hands off to the Federal Trade Commission the job of ensuring providers abide by the terms they have disclosed and watching out for anticompetitive behaviour. They no doubt recognize that the very popular net-neutrality laws are something they can exploit for political gain against Trump in 2020.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said it was "disappointing" that Senate Democrats forced the resolution through by a narrow margin. Democrats think the fight to restore the rules could be a political victor during November's congressional midterm elections even if the effort is unsuccessful, as it will force Republicans to record a vote against reinstating the rules. The measure can not be filibustered in the Senate.