"For a small business like mine - and I think probably numerous small farms that Stonyfield is sourcing milk from - everything is internet-based now", said Roger Noonan, President of the New England Farmers Union.
Wednesday's measure is backed by all 47 Senate Democrats, as well as Senator Angus King of Maine and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, both Independents who caucus with Democrats and rarely vote outside their party lines, and Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins.
Internet freedom defenders warned on Tuesday that with only 24 hours left before the Senate votes to possibly nullify the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) repeal of net neutrality, the vote is expected to be "excruciatingly close"-and urged net neutrality supporters to flood Capitol Hill's phone lines and demand that lawmakers protect the Open Internet".More news: What Pope Francis said about Gaza killings, violence in middle
The resolution, which was introduced by Sen.
It needs to receive the support of just one more senator with clear the chamber with a simple majority. Susan Collins of ME, is set to pass the Senate and then be sent to the GOP-led House, where it'll likely go nowhere - and President Donald Trump is unlikely to back it. The company voiced concerns over the FCC's decision to end "net neutrality" rules.
Announcing that Democrats would force a vote on the repeal of net neutrality, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said in a statement, "Soon the American people will know which side their member of Congress is on: fighting for big corporations and ISPs or defending small business owners, entrepreneurs, middle-class families, and everyday consumers".More news: Stan Lee sues ex-partners for 1 billion dollars
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, who will join Markey in forcing a floor vote on the resolution, argued that the "repeal of net neutrality is not only a blow to the average consumer, but it is a blow to public schools, rural Americans, communities of color and small businesses".
Specifically, the Obama-era rules classified the internet as a "telecommunications service" subject to Title II of the 1934 Communications Act - not an "information service". Passage of the resolution by the Senate and the House would offer a chance to void the Republican-controlled FCC's 3-2 vote. They say they support net neutrality but want Congress to pass a law codifying it instead of leaving it up to federal agencies that can reverse course with each new administration.
The letter praises a "free and open internet", adding that the "internet has been predicated on an architecture of openness and innovation". "This is the way things were prior to 2015, and how they will be once again".More news: Nikka Bella's Reaction to John Cena's Heartbreaking Plea on 'Today'