U.S Senate voted 52-47 on Wednesday which decides the faith of the Federal Communications Commission to repeal previous net neutrality protections. The implementation of the FCC has been delayed for months by the Senate, urging the FCC to drop Title II - protections that prevent internet service providers from blocking or throttling online content.
Chairman of FCC, Ajit Pai said the repeal of Open Internet Order would be effected from 11th June. This made Democrats to invoke a resolution that will enable them use its power under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which will enable them to check new regulations by federal agencies through an expedited legislative process.
Susan Collins, Joe Kennedy, and Lisa Murkowski are the Senators that makes the success of this resolution, as they refused to support their GOP colleagues. According to Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, “this resolution takes us in the wrong direction”. McConnell didn’t tender any reason he opposes the FCC net neutrality protections. Senator Roger Wicker was also in oppose of the resolution and called on his colleagues to vote for watered-down legislation that Senator John Thune, a Republican who has received nearly $1 million in donations from the telecom industry, introduced on the floor today.
Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have been doing everything possible hinder net neutrality bill through the Congress. On the other hand, activist have been trying hard to see the success of net neutrality bill.
CRA is rarely used, though last year, Republicans used it in repealing FCC rules that prevented ISPs from selling users’ browsing data without their consent. Analytically, net neutrality bill needed at least 25 Republicans in the House. The time frame for Democrats and Americansto achieve this is from now till January next year. Considering how things are in the chamber, it's probably a hard thing to achieve.