Democrats say 50 senators endorse resolution to restore FCC net neutrality regulations

  • Democrats say 50 senators endorse resolution to restore FCC net neutrality regulations

Democrats say 50 senators endorse resolution to restore FCC net neutrality regulations

Being a Republican, Pence will vote on the side of the FCC, shutting down the effort once and for all. To get to 50, Democrats did have to reach across the aisle: Sen.

Contending that the FCC's ruling "turned a deaf ear to millions of Americans" who supported the Obama administration's net neutrality rules, the Massachusetts Democrat stressed that such a resolution is needed to protect internet access and ensure a level playing field.

All 49 Democratic senators, along with Republican Sen.

On Dec. 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission overturned a 2015 decision to treat broadband internet communications as a Title II communication service with providers being "common carriers" instead of "information providers".

This type of resolution can not be blocked by a filibuster, so it just needs a simple majority.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said today that "with full caucus support, it's clear that Democrats are committed to fighting to keep the internet from becoming the Wild West where ISPs are free to offer premium service to only the wealthiest customers while average consumers are left with far inferior options".

Congressman Welch will be joining 79 House colleagues in introducing legislation to overturn the FCC rule and restore net neutrality. Net neutrality proponents argued that the FCC needs net neutrality to prevent ISPs from unfairly blocking, throttling, or preferring some content, while conservatives argued that net neutrality would diminish the freedom of the Internet.

If Democrats and Republicans could cobble together a veto-proof majority in the Senate, Trump wouldn't matter. As if trying to get one more vote isn't enough pressure, the Democrats are hamstrung by the clock. That's a lot more people to win over.

Collins and King announced their support for the CRA resolution to restore net neutrality in a joint statement issued last week.

"What's become clear over the previous year is that despite an intense public relations effort to pull the wool over Republican voters' eyes in order to turn net neutrality into a partisan issue, most conservatives outside Washington aren't buying it", advocacy group Demand Progress said today.