Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, as well as three Republicans - Susan Collins of Maine, John Kennedy of Louisiana and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Indeed, that "forced vote" might explain why two Republicans - John Kennedy of Louisiana and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - made a decision to break ranks at the last minute.
Pai argued that the Obama-era commission was too heavy handed with its regulation and stifled small internet service providers. The FCC decision would go into effect next month, removing a ban on internet providers blocking or slowing down certain content.
"I don't support government regulations stifling internet innovation".
"Today, we show the American people who sides with them, and who sides with the powerful special interests and corporate donors who are thriving under this administration", Markey said to the Senate. "If Congress wants to weigh in on net neutrality, it should not act inaptly, but rather affirmatively to adopt a law clearly embodying the policies and practices it deems appropriate'. The most important vote we're going to have in this generation on the internet", said Democratic Sen. "I believe in freedom of connection - freedom of connection is part of free speech".
Sen. Mitch McConnell says a Democratic-led attempt to reinstate Obama-era net neutrality rules would "overregulate" the internet.
Democrats were undeterred. They see their effort as something that will energize young voters who value unfettered access to the internet.
"This is a defining vote".
Democrats in the Senate could prevail in a vote as they have at least 50 votes with all of their party on board, plus Sen. Edward Markey of MA, who sponsored the measure.
The Obama administration imposed rules in 2015 to maintain net neutrality. In a statement, digital rights advocacy group Fight for the Future said "This is a historic victory for the free and open Internet, and a major step forward for the future of free expression and democracy".
Net neutrality is the idea that the internet should be classified as a public utility.
Comcast Corp, Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc have pledged to not block or discriminate against legal content after the net neutrality rules expire. It applies only to the telecom carriers that provide our Internet connections, not to the companies like Facebook that provide services over that connection.
There is still a point to the Senate vote.
Deemed "the most important vote for the internet in the history of the US Senate" by author Senator Ed Markey, a Democrat from MA, the resolution would reverse the FCC's December 2017 repeal of net neutrality rules that were put in place in 2015.