Trump’s rollback of net neutrality (which is the principle that ensures the internet is free and open for everyone) has gone into effect.
For you, losing net neutrality protections means that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will be able to block content or give some sites preferential treatment.
For big telecom companies like Comcast and Time Warner, rolling back net neutrality means they can block or throttle your internet access, or charge websites more to get a “fast lane” that gives them an advantage over their competitors.
There’s still a chance for Congress to act — but time is growing short, and it’s an uphill battle. Under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), Congress can undo recently-issued rules from government agencies by passing a “resolution of disapproval.” The CRA has an unusual provision that lets Senate Democrats force a vote on the resolution in their chamber last month. That resolution passed 52-47, with Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski (AK), Susan Collins (ME), and John Kennedy (LA) joining every Democrat to protect net neutrality.
Now, it’s the House’s turn to act. Congressman Doyle (PA-14) has introduced a companion resolution in the House. But despite overwhelming public support for saving net neutrality (86% of all Americans! 82% of Republicans!), Paul Ryan has refused to bring it to the floor for a vote.
Here are two things you can do to take action on Net Neutrality today:
- Read Indivisible’s resource to get the latest information on net neutrality and the fight ahead.
- Call your Representative and tell them: co-sponsor Congressman Doyle’s resolution of disapproval to save net neutrality.
It’s unlikely that House Republicans will join the resolution. Many of them have already come out saying they’re happy that Trump’s FCC is getting rid of net neutrality (we don’t get it, either). Right now, the odds are long — but calls from Indivisibles make a difference and move the needle on this issue.
Time and time again, Republicans have gone against public opinion (repealing healthcare, passing the tax scam, inaction on gun violence prevention), and not moving on net neutrality is just the latest example. And if they don’t do what their constituents want, then Indivisibles will replace them with members of Congress who will.