Democratic lawmakers fight for Republican support to reinstate net neutrality

Published: Feb. 27, 2018 at 4:27 PM EST
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“My family actually is from Washington State, all the way across the country, and I use the Internet to keep in touch with them," Dana Floberg, Policy Analyst with the Free Press Action Fund said.

Floberg said she is worried what’s at stake if there’s no net neutrality. That’s a rule enacted in 2015 requiring service providers to treat all online traffic equally. The Federal Communications Commission repealed it late last year. Floberg joined a group of lawmakers trying to keep the gates to the Internet open.

“At stake, two opposing views of the internet," New York Senator Chuck Schumer said.

On Tuesday signs scattered the lawn of the US Capitol. They read ‘one more vote.' That’s all lawmakers would need in the senate to overturn the FCC’s decision.

“We believe we have rights, and we’re not going to allow any big provider or any big cable company or anyone to tell us what to do," Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI-1)

All that stands in their way is Republican support.

“I want to make sure we have an open and free Internet," Maine Congressman Bruce Poliquin (R-ME-2) said.

Poliquin stands behind the FCC decision but is open to talking with Democrats on a replacement option. Maine Senator Susan Collins is currently the only Republican signaling her support on in the senate. Other members of her party aren’t swaying.

Senators like Ted Cruz, who previously said, ‘net neutrality is Obama care for the Internet,' isn’t changing his position. He said it “will result in less broadband, less innovation and less freedom for the American consumer.”

West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) said in a statement to Gray TV, "Reversing the FCC’s decision to repeal the overly burdensome 2015 rule would be a step backwards and would not help us improve rural broadband."

For Democrats, the fight for one more might take more time.

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