Wednesday's measure is backed by all 47 Senate Democrats, as well as Senator Angus King of Maine and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, both Independents who caucus with Democrats and rarely vote outside their party lines, and Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins. But the group needs one more vote to stop the Senate Republicans from giving corporate telecommunication companies power over the internet in which they would control traffic in order to charge different rates for different access and services. Or will they stick to the party and leave it to be decided by a tie-breaker vote nearly certain to go in their favor?
The FCC voted 3-2 to roll back numerous existing net neutrality rules, including those prohibiting internet service providers from blocking or throttling of content, or from selling so-called "fast lanes" for speedier access to consumers. Wednesday's vote comes ahead of the FCC date set for the end of net neutrality: June 11. Republicans tried to use CRA during the Obama administration to block Environmental Protection Agency rules. They say they support net neutrality but want Congress to pass a law codifying it instead of leaving it up to federal agencies that can reverse course with each new administration. Lawmakers in California, for instance, are weighing legislation, while a coalition of 23 state attorneys general are seeking to turn back the FCC's action in court.
Democrats, led by Sen. "For a small business like mine - and I think probably numerous small farms that Stonyfield is sourcing milk from - everything is internet-based now", said Roger Noonan, President of the New England Farmers Union. Bill Nelson, (D-Fla.), said. "It means rural businesses have a harder time getting off the ground and reaching customers". It must pass in the GOP-controlled House, and it also must secure the signature of Trump.
"By passing my CRA resolution to put net neutrality back on the books, we can send a clear message to American families that we support them, not the special interest agenda of President Trump and his broadband baron allies", Markey said in a statement. John Thune, a Republican from South Dakota, who chairs the Commerce Committee that has oversight of the FCC, speaking on the floor last week. He called it a "political, partisan charade".
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He said that the debate has been driven by "fear-mongering, hypotheticals, misdirection and outright false claims".
Next, the FCC is also required to provide a timeline for the new policy to go into effect.