GOP lawmakers voted Thursday to approve the FCC’s rules for broadband providers to make printing and wireless devices available online.
But Democrats objected to a provision that would have limited what companies could offer in the market.
They say it would allow Comcast, Time Warner Cable and AT&T to make digital copies of printed media.
The GOP-controlled Senate and House approved the proposal, but the Senate and Senate Republican leaders are still working out details.
Democrats say the rule will hurt consumers, and that Republicans are attempting to give broadband companies too much control over how Americans get their information.
Democrats are urging the FCC to take another look at the issue.
“If you can’t have free speech, then you can never have a free society,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer Charles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerElection Countdown: Kavanaugh allegations put GOP in tough spot | Republicans start to pull plug on candidates | Dems get early start in Iowa | O’Rourke defends Cruz after protesters interrupt dinner | Why Biden is the Democrat GOP most fears Bredesen says he won’t back Schumer for Senate Dem leaderTrump, GOP regain edge in Rust Belt Senate races: poll MORE (D-N.Y.) said.
The Senate approved the rule Thursday afternoon, and the House approved it Wednesday.
A separate vote on the FCC rule is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.