The Federal Communications Commission is slated to publish on Thursday its order scrapping net neutrality rules, a source with knowledge of the matter told The Hill on Tuesday.
Between Democrats, Independents and Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsBiden signs four bills aimed at helping veterans The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The omicron threat and Biden's plan to beat it Senate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo MORE (R-Maine), 50 senators have backed a Congressional Review Act resolution to preserve the rules — one vote shy of the 51 votes that measure needs to pass the Senate.
If Democrats can get the support of one more Republican, the resolution could be sent to the House, where it is unlikely to advance. And even if the resolution passed both chambers of Congress, President TrumpDonald TrumpOmar, Muslim Democrats decry Islamophobia amid death threats On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Trump cheers CNN's Cuomo suspension MORE could veto it.
The order’s publication will open the door for state attorneys general and advocacy groups to launch lawsuits aimed at preserving the rules.
Many state officials, including New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and pro-net neutrality groups have already said that they will file legal challenges on the matter.
The FCC passed Republican Chairman Ajit Pai’s “Restoring Internet Freedom” order in December in a 3-2 vote along party lines.
The order rescinds rules that were created under Obama-appointed FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in 2015 aimed at creating a level playing field on the internet by keeping broadband companies from slowing down and blocking certain types of content.
Pai's move has strong backing among Republicans and broadband companies like AT&T and Comcast, who see the Obama-era rules and onerous and stifling.
Technology companies and public opinion, however, overwhelming favor keeping the net neutrality rules in place.