Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) led a call Wednesday to begin laying the groundwork for a legislative effort to protect net neutrality.
That classification, established by the Open Internet Order, gave the FCC the regulatory power to protect net neutrality principles, which prohibit internet service providers from blocking, throttling or prioritizing any data.
But to overturn the rules, the commission will have to present a docket that shows something significant has changed since the Open Internet Order was passed.
Even if the legal burden presents a challenge to chairman Pai, the Senators emphasized that the most powerful tool for protecting net neutrality will continue to be the voice of citizens, just as it was in passing the rules in the first place.
Blumenthal said the first step to protecting net neutrality is to “mobilize and galvanize the seismic outrage that should follow this kind of misguided effort.” While the earlier defeat on broadband privacy rules may seem discouraging for just how much of an impact public sentiment has on the Republican voting bloc, Sen.