Today, Senate Democrats will force a vote on whether to rescue Net Neutrality from the depredations of Vichy nerd Ajit Pai; the debate is streaming now and will continue until 3PM Eastern/12PM Pacific, when the Senate will vote.
Even if the Senate votes to overrule Pai's neutracidal FCC order, this is just the start of a long and improbably difficult road: we'll have to get Congress to vote to overrule Pai, too, and then Trump will have to agree. It's a weird year and anything can happen, but this is still a looooong shot.
But what's an easy win is that this vote will get every Congressperson and Senator who's running for re-election in 2018 to publicly choose a side in the Net Neutrality debate. 87% of Americans want Net Neutrality; almost everyone who opposes Net Neutrality works for the telcoms industry or relies on them for campaign contributions.
Campaign contributions are important: no one gets elected to Federal office without a lot of money; but it doesn't matter how much money you get if you don't get any votes. Net Neutrality is going to be an election issue in 2018, and everyone who votes against it today gives their opponents a giant spiky club to beat them with.
In a 232-190 vote, Congress has passed H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act, which directs the FCC to restore the Net Neutrality protections that Trump's FCC Chairman Ajit Pai stripped away through a fraudulent, corrupt process in 2017.
ISPs want it both ways: they want to be receive billions in indirect public subsidies (access to rights of ways that would cost unimaginable sums to clear) and direct public subsidies (grant money) but still be able to run their businesses without regard to what the public actually wants (a neutral internet, supported by 87% […]
Last week, House Democrats introduced the Save the Internet Act, to enact the Net Neutrality protections favored by 83% of Americans; in response, Rep Greg Walden (R-OR, @repgregwalden, +1 (541) 776-4646) has proposed legislation rescinding Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, "the most important law protecting internet speech", which says that online services are […]
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