U.S. Senate Democrats are planning to force a vote this year on reversing the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to repeal net neutrality rules and now need just one more of their Republican peers to join them for the legislation to pass the Senate, U.S. Sen. Edward Markey’s office said.
Markey announced Tuesday that all 49 Senate Democrats have pledged to support his resolution of disapproval and said he will file his resolution once the FCC’s new rule is officially posted in the federal register, then force a vote on reversing the rule within 60 legislative days.
In December, the FCC approved an order reversing its Obama-era net neutrality rules, which deemed internet service a public utility and required internet providers to treat all traffic equally. Markey’s resolution would rescind the FCC’s vote and fully restore the Open Internet Order, his office said.
“There is a tsunami of Congressional and grassroots support to overturn the FCC’s partisan and misguided decision on net neutrality,” Markey said in a statement. “Republicans now have a clear choice — be on the right side of history and stand with the American people who support a free and open internet, or hold hands with the special interests who want to control the internet for their own profit.”
U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement that Democrats will “force a vote on this bill.” Markey’s office said the resolution will be filed in accordance with the Congressional Review Act, which requires a simple majority in both branches for a federal agency’s regulatory decision to be overturned.
Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine has already indicated she supports reversing the FCC’s decision, leaving Democrats just one vote shy of being able to pass Markey’s resolution in the Senate.