John Boozman, R-Ark., said in a written statement.
Although the FCC exempted Internet service providers from many aspects of that tougher oversight, such as rate regulation, opponents of the rules said the decision opened the door to onerous federal regulation.
Senate Democrats, joined by three Republicans, pushed through a measure Wednesday meant to revive Obama-era internet rules that ensured equal treatment for all web traffic, though opposition in the House and the White House seems insurmountable.
Republicans insist they, too, believe in net neutrality, but want to safeguard it by crafting forward-looking legislation rather than reimposing an outdated regulatory structure. The resolution passed with the backing of all 49 Democratic senators and three Republicans: Susan Collins of Maine, John N. Kennedy of Louisiana and Lisa A. Murkowski of Alaska. "And it will continue to be free and open once the Restoring Internet Freedom Order takes effect on June 11", he asserted. A consortium of tech companies from Etsy to IAC, which operates Tinder and OKCupid, have banded together to create a campaign called "Red Alert", which supports the congressional vote and other efforts to preserve net neutrality. The CTIA, USTelecom and the NCTA earlier sent a joint letter to senators asking them to vote against the measure. Republicans on the short end of the 52-47 vote described the effort to reinstate "net neutrality" rules as "political theater" because the GOP-controlled House is not expected to take up the issue and the Senate's margin could not overcome a presidential veto. Tech giants such as Google and Facebook have been vocal in their support for the retention of the rules.
Republicans said the regulations threaten heavy-handed government intrusion that would stifle innovation on the Internet.
Net Neutrality protesters in Philadelphia. While the Republican party still controls Congress and a measure like this would not have made it to a vote, the CRA allows senators to force a vote if 30 signatures are obtained.
"We will take a stand to protect our online economy or say goodbye to internet as we know it", said Senator Ed Markey.
"This is our chance, our best chance to make sure the internet stays accessible and affordable to all Americans", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. The committee's move comes after the Federal Communications Commission, led by chairman, big-business shill and Twitter hate magnet Ajit Pai, gets ready to roll back existing net neutrality provisions. Some of those internet service providers, including Comcast, Time-Warner and Verizon, are among the largest and wealthiest companies in America.
Information for this article was contributed by Frank E. Lockwood of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.