Senate likely to vote Wednesday to restore net neutrality

Senate likely to vote Wednesday to restore net neutrality

Sen. Ed Markey, who is now leading of the effort to save Net Neutrality, stated that the possibility of President Trump blocking the movement if it passes the necessary votes would create a "political firestorm", however the controversial world leader hasn't shied from such backlash in the past.

The U.S. Senate will vote on Wednesday on whether to reverse a decision by the Trump administration to roll back Obama-era "net neutrality" rules, Democratic senators said on Monday.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke after the vote, arguing that "at stake is the future of the Internet".

Senator Maggie Hassan today visited Stonyfield Farm, Inc., where she met with employees to discuss the negative impact that repealing net neutrality would have on businesses across New Hampshire.

The FCC voted in December to repeal the 2015 net neutrality rules, which required companies providing broadband connections to act in the "public interest" and to not use "unjust" business practices - preventing companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from creating paid "fast lanes" and slowing or blocking web traffic. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., who are leading the effort to bring Doyle's bill to the House floor.

Broken down by political party, 89 percent of Democrats opposed the repeal, along with 75 percent of Republicans, suggesting GOP candidates will face a hard choice when it comes to publicly siding with the Trump administration or voters on the issue during what could be a hard midterm season for Republicans.

What is the net neutrality CRA?

The FCC's move stirred opposition in Congress and in statehouses. The tool gives lawmakers a small window to overturn a federal agency's decision. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai led the charge against the net neutrality regulations, calling them an example of government overreach that discouraged Internet providers from investing in upgrades to their networks.

The clock began running in earnest last week.

Evan Greer, the deputy director of Fight for the Future, explained the CRA and called the vote "a huge moment where the entire internet comes together" while speaking with the Daily Dot on its politics podcast We're All Gonna Die, last week. Unlike the two-thirds, or 60-vote, majority senators must typically obtain to pass a piece of legislation, senators need only a 51-vote majority to pass something under a CRA vote.

The Senate has taken the fight first. Ed Markey, D-Mass., who sponsored the CRA resolution.

Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer said the issue will energize voters in November's congressional elections, when a number of lawmakers in President Donald Trump's Republican Party may be vulnerable. Susan Collins (R-Maine) have said they will vote in favor of pushing the CRA forward.

Among the groups supporting the CRA vote were several educational and research organizations.

However, the vote may not be an even split. With Senator John McCain absent due to health issues, it is believed that the vote will pass at 50-49. The count leaves them 57 votes shy of the 218 needed to secure a simple majority. Should the measure somehow make it to President Trump's desk, he's unlikely to sign it since he is on the record as agreeing with the FCC's action.