"We don't know how this is going to end, but this is part of an effort to get every member of Congress on the record either supporting or opposing net neutrality", Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) told The Verge on Wednesday.
"I invented the web as an open, permissionless space for everyone", he wrote.
The FCC's revocation of net neutrality will officially take effect on JUNE 11th.
FCC boss Ajit Pai today confirmed in a statement (pdf) that his repeal of the extremely popular rules will effectively take effect thirty days from now, almost half a year since the FCC voted last December 14 to eliminate the rules. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai argued that the rules should be removed because the FCC had overstepped its authority by imposing the restrictions on telecoms in the first place.
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The letter explains, "Users and businesses need certainty that they will not be blocked, throttled or charged extra fees by Internet service providers". This means that websites are given the same bandwidth allocation and load at the same speed. Individuals states have also launched their own state rules regarding net neutrality, but there are some who believe that it might be hard to enforce on a state level. The 2015 regulations bar internet providers from controlling internet speeds, among other things.
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It all looked pretty bad after the vote was ratified earlier this year.
"These are people who live in the five states where, based on insight from senators who are advocates on the net neutrality vote upcoming, swing senators may be more willing to side for a free and open internet", Foursquare chief executive Jeff Glueck said.
In the light of the USA senate's push to rescind the change through a Congressional Review Act (CRA), platforms like Tinder, Pornhub, and Reddit have decorated their pages with vivid calls to action and facts about the rules' bipartisan support. However, in the U.S. House, a CRA measure needs more Republicans to reach a majority vote.
Even with the plea of Berners-Lee, net neutrality is starting to look pretty dire in the US.
"It doesn't make sense to apply outdated rules from 1934 to the Internet, but that's exactly what the prior Administration did", said Pai, a conservative.
A spokeswoman for the FCC previously directed CNNMoney to a section of the final order for net neutrality, in which the FCC asserts authority to prevent states from pursuing laws inconsistent with the net neutrality repeal.