Software maker Mozilla Corp. filed a separate lawsuit Tuesday to block the FCC change, saying in a blog entry that "ending net neutrality could end the internet as we know it".
In order to save net neutrality and counter the FCC's decision to give internet providers the ability to slow or block some websites while speeding up others, Democrats will need to recruit one more Republican senator. After the repeal of Net Neutrality, internet service providers will have the ability to charge customers differently for various types of service (e.g., video vs. text) and to offer different speeds of service to individual customers or groups of customers. In addition to all 49 Democratic senators, one Republican, Susan Collins of ME, has also pledged to vote in favor of restoring net neutrality.
Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey is the bill's sponsor.
"When we force a vote on this bill, Republicans in Congress will - for the first time - have the opportunity to right the administration's wrong and show the American people whose side they're on: big ISPs and major corporations or consumers, entrepreneurs, and small business owners", he added.
With less than 30-days to go, Schumer and his coalition will have to scramble to reverse the repeal of net neutrality.
"To be clear, there will be a vote on the floor of the United States Senate to restore net neutrality as the law of the land", he said during a Boston news conference. The FCC's new rule fails to justify the Commission's departure from its long-standing policy and practice of defending net neutrality, while misinterpreting and disregarding critical record evidence on industry practices and harm to consumers and businesses. His bill to reverse the vote had just 80 co-sponsors.
"For Californians, the internet has always been an open, free, egalitarian space, accessible to all individuals", said California state senator Kevin de Len (D), who introduced his own net neutrality legislation this week.