Senate Democrats believe their resolution that put every Democrat on record in support of net neutrality - and most Republicans on record against it - can turn what was once considered a wonk issue into a wedge issue this November.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of NY thinks otherwise, saying in an interview that the vote reflects the people's choice and should not be undermined. Susan Collins of ME and John Kennedy of Louisiana joined Democrats in a 52-47 vote to undo the Federal Communication Commission's repeal order. This comes months after the FCC voted to repeal Obama's net neutrality rule.
Three Republican Senators voted with Democrats and Independents to pump the breaks on net neutrality changes.
"Until such time that real "Net Neutrality" legislation becomes law, customers of ISPs, particularly smaller ISPs, can rest assured they will be able to reach lawful Internet content of their choice and won't find their access blocked, degraded, or otherwise inhibited", ACA added. Now the resolution goes to the House of Representatives and potentially President Donald Trump. Republicans have often referred to the Obama-era rules as additional weight on the backs of broadband infrastructure and businesses while Democrats advocate for firm rules to protect users against the possibility that providers may favor certain subject matter or websites for faster connection while deliberately slowing other content, often referred to as "throttling".
"As the inventor of the web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, said, the internet must remain a permissionless space for creativity, innovation and free expression", said McGrath.
He goes on to reiterate some of his state from last week, saying that the internet was "free and open before 2015..."
By a vote of 52 to 47, senators voted to overturn the Federal Communication Commission's Restoring Internet Freedom Order.
Sullivan said while he supports an open internet, he feels that this resolution is doing a disservice to the industry. "At BestVPN.com, we stand side by side with companies and citizens around the world in opposition to the FCC's decision".
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said it was "disappointing" that Senate Democrats forced the resolution through by a narrow margin.
"Outside Washington, net neutrality rules are popular", Public Knowledge Vice President Chris Lewis stated.
Net neutrality doesn't make for catchy campaign slogans, but there are indicators that voters are clocking this issue.
After the vote, Murkowski described herself as "frustrated" by the politics of the net neutrality debate that she says hurts her large and rural state, which has unique internet needs. Net neutrality also is essential to the hundreds of thousands of union members who earn a living creating the content we all stream over the internet.