Senate Forced to Vote on Bill to Undo Net Neutrality Repeal

Just when we thought the fight over net neutrality was over…it’s not.

A Senate bill created to undo the the net neutrality bill has received enough backing to force a Senate vote. The Federal Communications Commission repealed the internet rule implemented under the Obama administration. However, Democrats are fighting the repeal hard and want it undone.

IJR reports:

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Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) first filed the resolution in mid-December. If passed, the bill would overturn the FCC’s rollback of net neutrality rules under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) — the same legislative policy Republicans used to roll back Obama-era regulations last year. It would also prohibit the FCC from ever attempting to repeal the rules in the future.

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Democrats face an uphill battle to win the bipartisan support necessary for the bill’s success, however. The CRA requires legislators to gather enough support to force a majority vote in the House and Senate. Currently, no Republican legislator has expressed support for the resolution.

Even so, Markey called the bill a “big step toward restoring a free and open internet” and remains hopeful that net neutrality will be restored.

Markey said, “We’ve reached the magic number of 30 to secure a vote on the Senate floor, and that number will only continue to climb.”

“Republicans are faced with a choice — be on the right side of history,” he continued, “and stand with the American people who support a free and open internet, or hold hands with special interests who want to control the internet for their own profit.”

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