Today, the U.S. Senate made history. Senators successfully submitted a discharge petition, a picture of which is below, that will force a Senate vote next week to save #netneutrality. This is a key outcome from the Senate field hearing that I particpated in last week.
The country is clear, with more than 86% of citizens supporting maintaining net neutrality rules enacted by the FCC in 2015. Those rules prohibit providers of Internet access from throttling, blocking or using paid prioritization to deliver content across the Internet.
Please take action and make your voice heard. 50 Senators are in support of this action, but 51 are needed for it to pass. All 48 Democrats are in support as is Independent Senator Angus King of Maine along with his fell Mainer, Republican Senator Susan Collins. Most observers believe any one of a number of moderate Republican Senators will deliver the needed 51st vote to pass. From there, the measure heads to the House, which will need significant outreach to get the needed 58 additional Representatives to support. From there, it will require the President’s signature.
The only way to assure net neutrality is preserved is to put pressure on Congress by making your voice heard. This is not a political issue, this is a fundamental first amendment issue. Please make your voice heard by going to:
www.battleforthenet.com and take action!
“Congress is fast approaching one of the most consequential votes on internet policy and free expression this century,” Demand Progress Director of Communications Mark Stanley said in a statement. “Lawmakers are going to have to make a choice, and the sides are clear. They can join with big cable companies that want to control the internet for profit. Or they can stand with the millions of Americans who rely on the open internet for news, entertainment and communication, as well as small business owners who depend on it for their livelihoods.”