Senate Democrats Force Vote On Overturning Net-Neutrality Repeal

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A vote begins the process that could result in Congress nullifying the FCC decision to gut net neutrality protections.

Democrats in the Senate achieved enough support to force a vote on overturning the Federal Communications Commission's decision in December to repeal net neutrality protections.

Only a simple majority will be required to pass the measure.

Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) has mustered the 30 votes necessary to force a vote on the FCC’s decision to repeal net neutrality. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) announced that she’s signed onto Markey’s request to overturn the new rules, under the Congressional Review Act — which lets Congress nullify recently passed regulations with a simple majority.

Though it's a step in a good direction for those opposed to the FCC decision, it isn't the end of the story:

[I]f it’s approved, the resolution will go to the House, and if it passes there, the desk of Donald Trump, who seems unlikely to approve it. And if it fails, it’s not the only option on the table — we’ve already heard about legal challenges and local legislation as well. But it keeps the fight for net neutrality running, and offers an immediate alternative to an “open internet” bill that doesn’t restore the old protections.

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