In response to the 28 Democratic senators who urged the agency on Monday to postpone the vote, the FCC said in a statement to Ars Technica that it was "just evidence that supporters of heavy-handed Internet regulations are becoming more desperate by the day as their effort to defeat Chairman [Ajit] Pai's plan to restore Internet freedom has stalled".
The FCC is slated to vote December 14 on Pai's plan, which would reverse an Obama-era classification of broadband as a utility-style telecommunications service. "This is a big step but given the FCC's conduct over the past eight months we remain skeptical", Schneiderman said.
First and foremost, US representative for California's 17th Congressional District Ro Khanna shared a screenshot of MEO's data plans on Twitter. Wheeler accused the "Trump FCC" of "walking away from the responsibility.to oversee networks" and "walking away from existing consumer protections for a fast, fair, and open Internet".
"We are at the point of litigation, not legislation", Markey said.
Some Wisconsin legislators say ending net neutrality would compromise Internet service for rural residents, who already are hampered by slow broadband speed.
The main argument presented for dismantling net neutrality is internet freedom.
For their part, broadband industry advocates are trying to tamp down on what they see as overinflated concerns about the repeal, promising not to abuse their power as internet gatekeepers.
An example of content blocking is in the case of Verizon and Google Wallet. Contrary to the claim, Portugal has net neutrality rules since it's a member of the European Union, after all. The FCC chair has been the subject of racist attacks on social media, and an image recently circulated on Twitter that purported to show a sign near Pai's home that mentions his children by name.
Protests are scheduled Thursday in Madison and cities all across the nation to demonstrate public support for net neutrality. Constituents have once again been sold out by their representatives who chose to appoint Pai and continue to allow him to continue to act unchecked.
But that support has yet to move the needle in Congress. Sen. (Maine) is the only Republican lawmaker to of the net neutrality repeal.
"These reports raise serious concerns as to whether the record the FCC is now relying on has been tampered with and merits the full attention of, and investigation by, the FCC before votes on this item are cast", the senators wrote.
"People from across the political spectrum are coming out of the woodwork to engage in this issue, and the real question now is if Congress is listening", Greer said.