Two senators who are said to be "likely candidates to rethink their opposition" of net neutrality include John Kennedy (R-La.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Common Dreams reported.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says all 49 Democratic caucus members will vote for the measure, along with Sen.
In what's being called "the most important vote for the internet in the history of the Senate", advocates, such as the organization Fight for the Future, and supporters of net neutrality are "sounding the alarm" and asking constituents to get involved by contacting their senators regarding this issue.
Democrats in the U-S Senate are forcing a vote this week to undo the Trump Administration's repeal of Obama-era net neutrality rules, less than a month before that repeal is to go into effect. "Susan Collins (R-Maine) to vote in favor", Common Dreams reported. The CRA resolution would nullify the FCC's December 2017 vote.
"We need to make it clear that they should be more afraid of us than they are of them". If successful in the House, it would then go to President Trump's desk to await his signature, although the President's support is unlikely, despite the amount of time he spends on the Internet.
He continued, "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". While powerful telecom companies would be the sole beneficiaries of the FCC's rule change, surveys have consistently showed widespread and bipartisan backing for the net neutrality protections, with a recent poll showing 83 percent of Americans in support.
Announcing that Democrats would force a vote on the repeal of net neutrality, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said in a statement, "Soon the American people will know which side their member of Congress is on: fighting for big corporations and ISPs or defending small business owners, entrepreneurs, middle-class families, and everyday consumers".
The FCC's new regulation, effectively eliminating net neutrality as the internet's governing policy, has still not taken effect, providing Democrats this narrow opening.
FCC reclassifies broadband internet on its own (Currently has a 3-2 Republican majority).
"Americans will still be able to access websites they want to visit, they will still be able to enjoy the services they want to enjoy".
In a tweet on Tuesday morning, the Women's March said, "For women, whose online voices are already marginalized, the loss of the open Internet is a threat to your voice". "This is the way things were prior to 2015, and how they will be once again".