The Senate voted to advance a resolution Wednesday to nullify the Federal Communications Commission’s rollback of net neutrality, which is scheduled to take place next month.
Three Republicans, including Republican Sen. Susan Collins, joined the 49 Democrats in voting to begin debate on the measure to overturn the FCC’s controversial decision to dismantle an Obama-era rule that restricts Internet service providers’ ability to slow down or speed up users’ access to specific websites and apps.
A final vote on the measure could come around 3 p.m. ET, Democrats say.
House Democrats will need 25 Republicans to join them in backing the bill in order to force a vote in the lower chamber. It will also require President Trump’s signature before it could actually kill the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality.
Critics of the FCC rollback say they’re worried about consumers being forced to pay more for less consistent or slower service. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, part of the Republican majority, has said the Obama rule was “heavy-handed” and isn’t needed.
Earlier this year, a coalition of 23 attorneys general sued to block the rollback of net neutrality. Others have also filed suit, from the nonprofit Mozilla to the Free Press advocacy group. And in March, Washington state enacted its own net neutrality protections, in anticipation of the federal rule being revoked.