With the Federal Communications Commission (F.C.C.)’s decision to dismantle the net neutrality rules in December, Democrats have already started to fight back against the decision. If you aren’t familiar, the net neutrality rules were put in place during the Obama administration and they required internet providers to give consumers equal access to all content online.
The implications for the repeal of the net neutrality rules set in place by the Obama administration, according to Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, would mean that the internet would become the Wild West where ISPs are free to offer premium service to only the wealthiest customers while average customers are left with inferior options. Companies, like Facebook and YouTube, will have the ability to slow down and decrease the quality of their videos unless someone pays them more.
Currently, the Senate Democrats have already put together 50 votes with full caucus support for a measure that would block the F.C.C.’s decision to end net neutrality. They are one GOP vote away from the 51-vote threshold for a Senate resolution of disapproval to take down the changes.
However, it wouldn’t be enough to have the Senate’s approval. If the measure passes Senate, it would still have to pass the House represented by the GOP and gain President Trump’s signature in order to go into effect. This causes the future of the measure to go through to be unlikely, but there is still heavy democratic opposition to undo this decision.