The ongoing argument about net neutrality is about to come to an apex.
The Senate has the votes to retain the Obama-era net neutrality rules from 2015.
As reported by Reuters:
This is just the beginning. Reported yesterday by cnn.com
Washington (CNN)Senate Democrats will force a vote Wednesday to repeal changes to net neutrality rules that were recently adopted by the Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission.
The measure, which is backed by all 49 Democrats and Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, is expected to pass in the Senate but its future in the GOP-led House is doubtful and President Donald Trump is unlikely to back it.
Democrats argue the new rules give too much power to Internet service providers, whom they fear will throttle down Internet speeds for some websites and services while ramping it up for others who pay more for faster speeds.
"The internet should be kept free and open like our highways, accessible and affordable to every American, regardless of ability to pay" said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, in a statement announcing Democrats would force the vote, utilizing a rarely-used discharge petition. "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 the American public to pay the price."
This could be the beginning of an ongoing battle between the two parties. The Republicans are looking for a solution where net neutrality can be implemented, but also enforced. Instead of working with the Republicans on creating Internet legislation, the Democrats just want to fight it, so they may earn more points with voters. Especially those in the tech industry that may benefit from no regulation.
Here's what others are saying.
Let us know what your thoughts are. Leave us a comment below.