Democrats Push Vote on Sen. Markey's Net Neutrality Measure

Chairman Ajit Pai speaks ahead of the vote on the repeal of so called net neutrality rules at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington U.S

The fight in Congress to save net neutrality has officially begun. The CRA hopes to overturn the FCC's decision.

Although there are only 49 Democrats in the Senate now, the addition Collins gives Democrats enough signatures to force McConnell to hold a floor vote on Markey's resolution.

All 49 members of the Senate Democratic caucus and one Republican-Sen.

Such bills are joint resolutions, which require the president's signature to become law.

Should the vote fail, the next best hop for saving net neutrality rests in the courts, where consumer advocates are eager to show the FCC ignored standard agency procedure as it rushed to give telecom monopolies a sloppy wet kiss. After a debate, there will be a vote; if the resolution passes, it will move on to the House where it probably won't find much support among Republicans.

Even if the effort is successful, however, there remains an uphill battle.

One after another, 15 Democratic senators - almost a third of their caucus - stepped to a microphone on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to call for tough rules to protect net neutrality.

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"This is the fight for the internet", said Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) in a press conference introducing the action.

Senate Democrats cited a poll by the University of Maryland's Program for Public Consultation that found 86 percent of respondents opposed repealing net neutrality rules after a short briefing on them.

"Congress is fast approaching one of the most consequential votes on internet policy and free expression this century", Demand Progress Director of Communications Mark Stanley said in a statement. They believe they have to votes to pass the resolution after receiving backing from two independents and Republican Sen. "This upcoming Senate vote will be our opportunity to save net neutrality and deliver the digital future that Americans deserve".

A group of senators led by Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen.

"Are they protecting average consumers and middle-class families, or are they protecting the big corporate special interests?" he asked.

Public Knowledge opposes Chairman Pai's deeply troubling break with nearly 20 years of bipartisan FCC support for the Open Internet, and is also suing the FCC. "With this piece of legislation there is nowhere to hide and there are no excuses." . There is a time limit as the resolution must be passed no later than 60 legislative days after the enactment of the regulation. But we still need #OneMoreVote to get it done.

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