The resolution being offered by Democrats passed with the support of all 49 members of the Democratic caucus and three Republicans - Senators Collins, R-Maine, John Kennedy, R-La., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska.
But most Republicans opposed the effort, saying the regulations were potentially too onerous and Democrats were trying to use the issue for partisan gains in November. Voters may know soon enough: The Obama-era net neutrality rules expire June 11. The resolution brought under the Congressional Review Act can not be filibustered, and it only requires a simple majority to clear the Senate.
If you were a bit cynical about the US Senate's vote to save net neutrality today, we can't really blame you.
One of the reasons why the FCC made a decision to end its net neutrality protection is because the agency believes that its authority extends only in the regulation of broadband networks, whereas websites and services are under the domain of the Federal Trade Commission.
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. 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.
Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown says this week's vote could help sway more Republicans if it heads to the House.
But the effort faces an uphill battle in the House, where Republicans have a larger majority, and at the White House, where President Donald Trump would be expected to veto the measure.
Deemed "the most important vote for the internet in the history of the US Senate" by author Senator Ed Markey, a Democrat from MA, the resolution would reverse the FCC's December 2017 repeal of net neutrality rules that were put in place in 2015. The FCC voted in December 2017 to undo the net neutrality rules. Forty-seven senators - all Republicans - voted against it. Sen.
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The FCC voted in December to repeal Obama-era protections.
"This is our chance, our best chance to make sure the internet stays accessible and affordable to all Americans", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., before the vote.
"Today the Senate took the most important vote on the internet in its history and the American people won", he told reporters.
"We must have a free and open internet that puts consumers and businesses first, and I will continue to pushing for the Senate to reinstate net neutrality protections".
The Senate voted 52-47 to open the debate on a resolution.
He and other supporters of the rules argue that they will prevent AT&T Inc., Comcast Corp. and other internet service providers from acting as gatekeepers for Americans' online access. The current FCC moved to repeal them in a 3-2 vote previous year, a move that sparked outrage and protests among many net neutrality supporters.