Brown: Net Neutrality Vote Could Bring More Pressure on GOP

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By Phil de Oliveira, WKSU

Democrats in the U-S Senate are forcing a vote this week to undo the Trump Administration's repeal of  Obama-era net neutrality rules, less than a month before that repeal is to go into effect.  

Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.

So far, all 49 Democratic Senators and one Republican support the resolution to preserve the Obama-era net neutrality rules. The resolution brought under the Congressional Review Act cannot be filibustered, and it only requires a simple majority to clear the Senate.

Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown says this week’s vote could help sway more Republicans if it heads to the House.

 “Every House member in Ohio, I assume, will hear from thousands, if not tens of thousands of their voters, their constituents, saying ‘Stand with us,'" said Brown, who addressed the Akron Press Club last Friday.

The resolution is likely to be vetoed if it reaches the president’s desk. But the vote set for Wednesday does force lawmakers to go on record supporting – or opposing – net neutrality ahead of the midterm election.

The Trump administration’s repeal of net neutrality is set to take effect on June 11. 

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