Wednesday's vote follows Senate Democrats' successful filing of a discharge petition to put Senator Markey's resolution of disapproval on the Senate's legislative calendar, allowing any Senator to force a vote on the legislation.
U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat and outspoken critic of the Federal Communications Commission's move to repeal the 2015 internet rules, announced this week that he will lead the effort to force a floor vote to override the panel's contentious 3 to 2 ruling.
The CRA requires a majority vote; now all 49 members of the Senate Democratic caucus are voting in favor, as is Republican Susan Collins. "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.
Comcast Corp, Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc have all pledged to not block or discriminate against legal content after the net neutrality rules expire. The resolution needs only a simple majority of Senators present to pass.
"Rural communities and businesses depend on an open internet that enables us to reach our customers and to thrive", said Roger Noonan, New England Farmer's Union President and farmer from New Boston. Susan Collins of Maine, Sen.
The resolution, which was introduced by Sen. Susan Collins of ME, is expected to pass in the Senate but its future in the GOP-led House is doubtful and President Donald Trump is unlikely to back it.
"But instead of moving forward with that approach with Republicans to draft such legislation, the Democratic leadership chose to try to score political points by pushing a resolution to undo the FCC's decision, even though undoing this decision will do nothing to provide a permanent solution on net neutrality", said Sen.
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". They reportedly sought to address legal ambiguity caused by previous open internet regulations, which were struck down by courts.
"Americans will still be able to access websites they want to visit, they will still be able to enjoy the services they want to enjoy". She says small dairy farmers her company works with rely on affordable Internet service to manage records and access markets. "This is the way things were prior to 2015, and how they will be once again".