Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons joined 48 of their colleagues in the Senate in supporting legislation to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s recent vote to repeal the net neutrality rule, officially known as the 2015 Open Internet Order, which the D.C. Circuit Court upheld in 2016.
The Open Internet Order prohibited internet service providers from blocking, slowing down or discriminating against content online. Repealing the net neutrality rules could lead to higher prices for consumers, slower internet traffic and even blocked websites.
The legislation, which is being led by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, and now has the support of the Senate Democratic caucus, would rescind the FCC’s decision and fully restore the Open Internet Order. Congressional Review Act resolutions allow Congress to overturn regulatory actions at federal agencies with a simple majority vote in both chambers. In accordance with the Congressional Review Act, the senators will formally introduce the resolution after the rule is submitted to both houses of Congress and published in the federal register and then vote within 60 legislative days.