The legislation is only one vote away from passage in the Senate
WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar today joined Senator Edward Markey (D-MA), all of their Democratic Senate colleagues, and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) in an effort to protect the net neutrality rules the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal in December. Today’s move will force a vote on the floor of the Senate and only one additional vote is needed for passage. The deadline for a Senate vote on the legislation is June 12th.
“Today is critically important and a huge step forward—we are forcing a vote in the Senate to save net neutrality. This vote will send an important message: the internet should remain free, open, and equal for all who use it,” Klobuchar said. “All of the American consumers, entrepreneurs, and innovators who rely on the internet need us to keep up this fight—now it’s time to take a vote and pass this legislation.”
In December 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal net neutrality rules. Net neutrality protections prohibited internet service providers from blocking, slowing down, or discriminating against content online. Repealing these rules could lead to higher prices for consumers, slower internet traffic, and even blocked websites. A recent poll showed that 86 percent of Americans do not approve of the FCC action to repeal net neutrality rules, including 82 percent of Republicans.
Video of Klobuchar speaking on the Senate floor about the legislation is available for download here: KLOB FS 050918.mp4