U.S. Senate will vote on reversal of net neutrality repeal, Markey says

in General Discussion edited January 2018
The federal government will wrestle with the issue of net neutrality at least once more, as advocates have secured the necessary support in the U.S. Senate to force a vote on the issue.

Senator Claire McCaskill on Monday became the thirtieth co-sponsor of a Senate resolution to overturn the FCC's recent decision. The measure was introduced earlier this month by Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey.

Following McCaskill's commitment, Senators Cory Booker, Tom Udall, and Bob Casey also signed on.

A big step toward restoring a free and open Internet: with the support of @clairecmc, we now have the 30 votes we need to force a vote on my CRA to reverse the repeal of #NetNeutrality! pic.twitter.com/gXtWQmeIJS

— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey)

The milestone comes less than a month after the FCC voted to undo Obama-era rules that treated internet service providers like public utilities. ISPs are now free to regulate traffic as they see fit; the FCC has argued that government intervention is unnecessary as consumers will force the issue, punishing service providers that unfairly block or throttle internet connections.

There is no word on when the Senate vote would be scheduled. Should the upper chamber pass the measure, it would move to the House, where it would need to be approved again before being forwarded to the White House for the President's signature.

Note: Due to the political nature of this story, comments have been disabled.
This discussion has been closed.