UPDATE: On Wednesday May 16th, the U.S. Senate passed a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution 52-47, to reverse the FCC's policy to repeal net neutrality measures. The vote now moves to the House. Let's keep the pressure on!
Trump’s FCC Chairman Ajit Pai forced a 3 - 2 vote on his panel in December 2017 to dismantle Net Neutrality. This will undo net neutrality. We need to contact Congress now to reverse this vote to upend the free flow of information on the internet before it's too late.
Urge Congress to use the Congressional Review Act to undo this hasty and misguided action. The CRA is a relatively new tool that allows Congress to reverse regulatory actions within 60 legislative days of their enactment. It was used for ill in March 2017 when Trump supporters in Congress voted to wipe out FCC privacy protections that prevented the telecoms from selling our browsing history and other private information about our internet usage.
But now Congress can use this tool for good by similarly reversing the FCC's (in this case, bad) action. Every American should press their members of Congress to support such a reversal via the CRA.
Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) has introduced a Congressional Review Act resolution "that would restore the Open Internet Order and reverse the Federal Communications Commission’s historic mistake of repealing #NetNeutrality." Markey said: "My fellow U.S. Senate Democrats will fight this in the courts and in the halls of Congress. We will not allow massive broadband corporations to throttle our democracy. This fight is far from over."
This vote by the FCC will allow major corporations – like Verizon and Comcast – the power to block mobile apps, slow websites, and even control which news outlets we can access.
Pai is reversing these net neutrality protections, which are important rules for protecting the free flow of information on the internet. Pai’s vote allows the companies that provide our internet connection new measures of control over what we do online. This will be a devastating blow to the free and open internet we rely on for streaming videos, communicating with our networks – and yes, reading critical news stories about the state of our democracy.
A world without net neutrality means a world where large internet companies would have the power to interfere with our decisions about which news outlets – and therefore, what news – we should consume.
Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) has also introduced the Save Net Neutrality Act (H.R. 4585) to stop the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would result in a final rule eliminating the existing Net Neutrality policy.
“The FCC’s proposal to screw up your internet is just about the worst plan I’ve seen – the comment period was a mess and the rest of the proposal is full of holes,” said Rep. Maloney. “My bill would stop this rule from going into effect and keep the internet the way it is – affordable, open, and full of innovation.”
Contact Congress and demand they use Markey's CRA to reverse the vote of the FCC to dismantle net neutrality and support Maloney's plan now. The free flow of information on the internet is critical to a healthy democracy.