The Senate last week took a stand against the FCC and in favor of net neutrality last week. The Republican-controlled Senate approved a resolution to nullify the commission’s vote to end the rule that required Internet service providers to treat traffic equally.
The Senate voted 52-47 in favor of nullification. Three Republicans—Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Sen. Joseph Kennedy of Louisiana and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska—joined Senate Democrats on the resolution. It will face much tougher sledding in the House, where it is not expected to pass, and President Donald Trump is unlikely to go along with it.
But the Senate’s vote is a sign of the strong opposition to the FCC’s decision. According to Business Insider:
Support for the open-internet rules has only grown over time, both among the public and in the Beltway. And the more people know about the rules and what purpose they serve, the more they like and back them, no matter which side of the political aisle they’re on.
“People from across the political spectrum, from the far left to the far right, can all agree: They don’t want their cable company to control where they get their news and information, how they listen to music, or where they can stream videos,” said Evan Greer, the deputy director of Fight for the Future, an internet activist group that pushed hard for the Senate resolution.
Because of that, the FCC’s vote in December to get rid of its rules may eventually be seen as the last gasp of the anti-regulatory guard.
Prior to the Senate’s action, several state legislatures have made moves to institute their own net neutrality rules, as a broad section of the public opposed the FCC action.
“The grandparents, the gamers, the gearheads, the geeks, the GIF-makers, the Generations X, Y, and Z. This movement to save net neutrality is made up of every walk of American life,” said Sen. Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat.