Democratic Party senators are planning to force a vote on the Federal Communications Commission's decision to scrap US net neutrality rules.
At a press conference yesterday, the US Democratic Party declared that it wants all senators to be given the opportunity to vote on the repeal of net neutrality - something that was only finally passed in 2015.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer is leading the calls for a wider vote - and believes that this decision will make the party more attractive to younger voters.
Speaking at a Capitol Hill-based news conference this week, the politician said: "We're going to let everyone know where we stand and they stand."
Many Democratic politicians have slammed the FCC's decision to overturn net neutrality, which was only passed following almost two decades of efforts.
The regulation is intended to stop internet service providers (ISPs) from abusing their power, meaning they're unable to block or throttle traffic, or to privilege particular services.
While the Republican Party of President Trump support the FCC's recent decision, Senator Susan Collins is one of the party's politicians who would vote to block the FCC's ruling.
"She believes that a careful, deliberative process involving experts and the public is warranted to ensure that consumers have strong protections that guarantee consumer choice, free markets, and continued growth," said her spokeswoman.
Technology and internet giants such as Facebook, Alphabet and Amazon have said they'd support legal challenges.
The decision is, however, a victory for America's major ISPs - Comcast, Verizon and AT&T - which dominate the market. Campaigners claim that the rule change gives them the legal authority to control the type of content their customers can view online, or to charge (even) more for access to popular services.
Mitch McConnell, the Senate's majority leader, is a staunch supporter of FCC's ruling. And President Donald Trump has also praised the decision.
Ed Markey, a Democratic Senator, said he has the support of 39 co-sponsors to launch a vote on the issue. But it's not clear when this will actually happen. "There will be a political price to pay for those who are on the wrong side of history," he said.
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