Tomorrow, net neutrality supporters want to put pressure on Congress to overturn the FCC's repeal

Tomorrow, net neutrality supporters want to put pressure on Congress to overturn the FCC's repeal
Unfortunately for supporters of net neutrality, the Democrats won't be taking over the House of Representatives until January 3rd. That's because a vote will be taken in the House on December 10th to force a floor vote on overturning the FCC's repeal of net neutrality. This past June, the FCC removed the Obama-era rules from the books after President Donald Trump appointed Ajit Pai as FCC chairman.

Net neutrality prevents ISPs and wireless carriers from treating streams of content differently. Under net neutrality, a streaming content provider like Netflix can't pay a carrier extra money for a "faster lane." It also stops carriers from throttling or blocking content streams that they don't philosophically agree with.

Net neutrality has turned into a political football even though the majority of the country supports it. In May, the Senate voted to overturn the FCC's repeal, but the House may never even get the chance to vote. That's because a discharge petition must be passed first to allow the vote to reach the floor. That would require a majority of 218 members of the House to sign the petition. However, at last count only 177 have signed it (176 are Democrats).

Some supporters hoping for the return of net neutrality on a nationwide basis (some states, like California, have made it state law) are holding a Day of Action tomorrow, November 29th (view image at the top of this article). Organizers have put up a website where U.S. citizens can sign an Open Letter to Congress.


While the Democrats could use their newfound majority in the House to get a net neutrality bill passed next year, the odds are that it would be shut down in the Republican controlled Senate.

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12 Comments

1. RevolutionA

Posts: 390; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

These liberals never change. Why'd they wanna oppose when everything is going perfectly

3. izim1

Posts: 1594; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Are you ok?

5. FLOGROWN

Posts: 39; Member since: Oct 25, 2018

Oohh yeah sure, service is getting worse and more expensive is that perfect for you....???

6. gamehead unregistered

Even a majority of conservatives wanted NN. Kinda like Obamacare

7. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Ah, you mean like the imaginary "climate change" consensus? Ummhmmm. The only people who were ok with Turdcare were the ones that were going to get major subsidies. My insurance went up five fold...... But muh ACA...... Idiots.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Most people were OK with the ACA. And, yes, there is consensus on climate change.

2. lyndon420

Posts: 6498; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

If we don't get neutrality certain carriers will fail. Controling what we see and from where? No thanks....I'll take the carrier that gives me open and proper internet usage.

4. FLOGROWN

Posts: 39; Member since: Oct 25, 2018

Wich carrier is that....??? Is it an isp from this country or somewhere else.....!!!

8. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Lol, proper, open and internet usage all in the same sentence. God you people are dumb. Why doesn't NN apply to content providers? Why is Lamebook and Tweaker allowed to censor, but the big, bad evil isps can't? Yes, let's give more power to the incompetent douche bags that ruin everything they touch.... What could go wrong..... Who doesn't love the dmv....

11. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Because FB, etc...aren't internet providers. Apple and oranges. We did give more power to an incompetent douchebag who runs everything he touches. But we took big steps to limit his power in the last election, so lesson learned.

9. civicsr2cool

Posts: 254; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

Repeal it and never bring it back again!

12. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Absolutely! If you want prices to rise and service quality to drop.

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