Senate Democrats Push For Vote On Net Neutrality

Jan 10, 2018

A group of Democratic U.S. senators say they will force a vote in the Republican-controlled Senate to reinstate net neutrality rules.  

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., joined their colleague, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, who is leading the effort.

Speaking at a press conference this morning, Schumer said he will use the power of his role as minority leader to force a vote.  

“Our every colleague in the Senate should know there will be a vote. We will know on which side do you stand. First we try to undo the administration’s horrible decision. And with a roll call vote, Republicans will have a chance to right the administration’s wrong and Americans can see for themselves who really has their back in this Congress.”    

Blumenthal said the Federal Communications Commission is choosing corporate interests over consumers.

“The FCC has proven itself a puppet of the special interests. There is nothing more anti-democratic and un-American than strangling freedom of communication. That is what the FCC has done.”  

Last month, the FCC voted to repeal the 2015 Obama-era Open Internet Order, which guaranteed equal access to online content by internet providers.