The effort still faces an uphill battle - it is uncertain if the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives will even vote on the issue and the White House backs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules approved last December. Senate Democrats are now whipping up this base ahead of a phony vote on Wednesday, and the ironies are many. "Susan Collins (R-Maine) to vote in favor", Common Dreams reported.
The House has introduced a similar CRA resolution. 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.
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.
Announcing that Democrats would force a vote on the repeal of net neutrality, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said in a statement, "Soon the American people will know which side their member of Congress is on: fighting for big corporations and ISPs or defending small business owners, entrepreneurs, middle-class families, and everyday consumers". "The repeal of net neutrality is not only a blow to the average consumer, but it is a blow to public schools, rural Americans, communities of color and small businesses". Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), John Kennedy (R-La.), and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) are now on the fence, due to concerns over "retribution from Comcast's and Verizon's army of lobbyists", according to the net neutrality advocacy group Fight for the Future. "A vote against this resolution will be a vote to protect large corporations and special interests, leaving the American public to pay the price".
Specifically, the Obama-era rules classified the internet as a "telecommunications service" subject to Title II of the 1934 Communications Act - not an "information service". That foggy concept has become in practice regulating the internet.
Democrats argue the new FCC rules give too much power to internet service providers, which they fear will throttle down internet speeds for some websites and services while ramping it up for others who pay more. "On June 11, we will have a framework in place that encourages innovation and investment in our nation's networks so that all Americans, no matter where they live, can have access to better, cheaper, and faster Internet access and the jobs, opportunities, and platform for free expression that it provides", said FCC Chairman AjitPai in a recent statement. "This is the way things were prior to 2015, and how they will be once again".