Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy voted with all other Senate Democrats and three Republicans to overturn the Federal Communication Commission's Restoring Internet Freedom Order, which took net neutrality rules off the books. Edward Markey, D-Mass., that would reverse the FCC's decision. "Nonetheless, a bipartisan coalition of consumer groups, legal advocates, civil rights organizations and so-called ordinary people demonstrated the power of political organizing over moneyed interests and successfully petitioned the Senate to thwart the FCC's massive giveaway to Big Cable". Net neutrality also is essential to the hundreds of thousands of union members who earn a living creating the content we all stream over the internet.
BREAKING: Senate Passes Net Neutrality bill.
If successful, the move could see the FCC's regulations restored. This comes months after the FCC voted to repeal Obama's net neutrality rule.More news: Have full faith in SC, it won't repeat Karnataka Governor's mistake: Congress
"There's no question that net neutrality is something voters under the age of 40 care a lot about", he said.
All Senate Democrats and three Republicans, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and John Kennedy, successfully brought the issue to the floor and voted to overturn it with a final tally of 52-47. But if they want to use the prospect of legislating as an excuse to do nothing on the CRA, I'm not here for that. The potential full support of all Democrats would still see the need for 22 Republicans to agree in order for this to happen, which many USA analysts view as a tall order.More news: Guatemala Inaugurates Embassy In Jerusalem After US
The vote was largely along party lines.
Last December, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to repeal the net neutrality regulations. Republicans say the fears about tiered internet access are unfounded and are focused on increasing competition and consumer choice.
It's worth noting that this isn't the first time the broadband industry has attempted to equate itself with Facebook, Google and other tech companies that provide services at the edge of the web - despite the obvious differences between controlling access and offering content.
The effort, which has built momentum in recent weeks, also is meant to elevate Net neutrality as a political issue in the fall elections.More news: Iran nuclear accord not ideal, but best to stick with it
"The House should follow their [the Senate's] lead in standing up for school systems and protecting them from the unintended harmful consequences of a market without net neutrality guardrails", added Krueger, in a prepared statement "We urge them to advance this resolution as soon as possible".