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The Senate is one Republican vote away from passing a resolution to keep net neutrality

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai speaks during a commission meeting Dec. 14, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The FCC recently voted to repeal net neutrality, but the Senate may be very close to passing a resolution that seeks to restore the Obama-era regulations. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The FCC voted to eliminate net neutrality in December, but now the Senate may be very close to passing a resolution that seeks to restore the Obama-era regulations, according to The Washington Post.

Congressional Review

When an independent agency makes a decision like the one the FCC made to eliminate net neutrality, Congress has 60 legislative days to reverse it.

As of Monday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that all 49 Democrats, plus one Republican, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, supported a resolution to restore net neutrality.

“With full caucus support, it’s clear that Democrats are fighting to keep the internet from becoming the Wild West where ISPs are free to offer premium service to only the wealthiest customers while average consumers are left with far inferior options,” Schumer said.

More obstacles

Schumer and other supporters of the resolution still have to convince one more Republican senator to get on board, and even if it passes the Senate, it must pass the Republican House and be signed by President Donald Trump.

Controversial issue

The issue of net neutrality has elicited strong responses from supporters of the regulations, leading to harassment and security concerns for FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who has canceled two public appearances recently.

Pai said protesters have even targeted his home and children over the issue.

“I understand people are passionate about policy, but the one thing in America that should remain sacred is that families, wives and kids, should remain out of it," Pai said. “And stop harassing us at our homes.”

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