Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. said that this is our chance – our best chance – to make sure the internet stays accessible and affordable for all Americans.
The legislation now heads to the GOP-controlled House, where members are seen as unlikely to approve a reversal or even to put it to a vote. Championed by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, net neutrality repeal has enjoyed widespread support among Republicans, including President Donald Trump. Even if the House passed the bill, Trump would have to sign it into law.
All 5 FCC members voted along party lines to end net neutrality last December, arguing that the repeal would stoke competition among internet service providers and benefit consumers. Critics, however, say the repeal could empower such companies as AT&T and Comcast to charge more for faster internet speed or create exclusive content bundles that internet users must buy.
Although the telecom giants largely support the repeal, most tech and internet companies are opposed. Netflix, Microsoft and Reddit all released statements criticizing December’s decision.