Senate Democrats pushed for a vote on Wednesday to abrogate the changes to net neutrality rules that were recently compromised by the Republican-Controlled Federal Communications Commission that repealed Obamas-era of net neutrality which made the internet open and fair.
Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking products or websites. Basically, it makes us have all the unfiltered content we want in the world and in my eyes is just as important as the news. The internet provides the freedom of the world being in your hands. It helps you find out ANY information you want and learn and see things in other countries that you couldn’t see on television or even taking it further, it could be considered the world’s safety net and only real connection between most places. The internet has helped us learn and see things and communicate to people that we never would otherwise and it’s just overall important that we can have access to our own knowledge and experiences especially because mostly everything else is filtered. The internet provides raw truth and that’s what we need in this world.
This has the backing of all 49 Democrats and Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins. Its expected to pass in the senate but with the current Republican-led house and President Donald Trump, things are expected to change because he most likely wont back it.
Democrats say that the new net neutrality gives way too much power to internet service providers and that they will use it to increase speeds of companies who pay them more and decrease speeds for those who do not. It’s a very risky deal.
“The Internet should be kept free and open like our highways, accessible and affordable to every American, regardless of ability to pay” said New York Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer discussing how in the vote tomorrow they will use a discharge petition which is rarely brought out. “The repeal of net neutrality is not only a blow to the average consumer, but it is a blow to public schools, rural Americans, communities of color and small businesses. A vote against this resolution will be a vote to protect large corporations and special interests, leaving American public to pay the price.”
Democrats are utilizing the rarely-used Congressional Review Act, which was often used by republicans during the Obama-era and is a law that allows Congress to repeal agency rules and regulations on a majority vote instead of the usual 60-vote that is required to change procedural issues on most legislation. This will only help if they act quickly when the agency puts the rule into effect. Though Democrats have doubts in being able to reverse the Federal Communications Commission’s rule, they are prioritizing the necessity as a key policy and keeping it heavily in mind through the midterm elections.