The "Red Alert" widget will remain on all the sites until the Senate votes. It's a bold move to restore net neutrality, with broad bi-partisan support, but it's important to remember that Trump was the one who appointed Pai, and supported Pai's efforts to loosen net neutrality regulations. John McCain (R-Ariz)'s continued absence from the chamber, could be enough to get the measure over the finish line in the Senate if all 49 Democrats are be present and voting in favor of the resolution. "'It will be an historic day of reckoning for senators, and we must win".
A vote by the Federal Communications Commission on December 14, 2017 will decide the fate of net neutrality. Several years ago, AT&T said it was going to disable Apple's video chat app FaceTime on the 3G network unless people purchased a then-new "shared data" plan.
Opponents of the measure, including several leading tech companies and Democratic FCC commissioners, have expressed concern that the new stance will enable gatekeepers like Comcast and Verizon to create "Internet fast lanes".
"This is a fight for the most powerful platform for commerce and communications in the history of the internet", said Sen. "It deserves to have its handiwork revisited, reexamined, and ultimately reversed", Rosenworcel said. After he took over the role from Tom Wheeler, he went on a public crusade to undo the protections keeping net neutrality in place.
Democratic lawmakers took the first major step in their efforts to save net neutrality on Wednesday afternoon when they announced that they have filed a discharge petition as part of the Congressional Review Act (CRA), paving the way for a full vote on the Senate floor.
The net neutrality regulations, established in 2015, are meant to ensure all internet traffic is treated equally.
In a post on Twitter, the UK's Tim Berners-Lee made an impassioned plea for net neutrality, highlighting an upcoming vote in Congress that could decide the future of the Internet in the US.
Markey expressed the urgency of his resolution following the announcement, writing on Twitter, "The Senate must act NOW and pass my resolution to save the internet as we know it". Right now the Senate has 50 supporting votes and is optimistic that needed 51st vote will come soon. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, and Angus King, of ME, and U.S. Sen.
In the light of the US senate's push to rescind the change through a Congressional Review Act (CRA), platforms like Tinder, Pornhub, and Reddit have decorated their pages with vivid calls to action and facts about the rules' bipartisan support. According to their findings, 75 percent of Trump voters support the Obama-era policy.