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Today Is the Final Day for Congress to Force a Vote on Restoring Net Neutrality

Do you want your reps supporting efforts to reinstate net neutrality?

by Countable | Updated on 12.10.18

What’s the story?

  • House Democrats have until December 10th to gather enough signatures to force a vote on restoring net neutrality protections.
  • Advocacy groups Fight for the Future and Demand Progress sent an open letter to Congress, writing:
“Your actions will determine whether or not the Internet will continue to serve as an engine for innovation, job creation, and economic growth. This isn’t a political decision, it’s a moral one. We urge you to make the right choice before it’s too late.”

Why December 10th?

  • It's the result of an obscure tool known as the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to reject regulations that were finalized within the last 60 legislative days with simple majorities of each chamber and the president’s signature. 
  • In May, the Senate narrowly passed a joint resolution - under the Congressional Review Act - that would reverse the Federal Communications Commission's rollback of net neutrality.
  • The joint resolution was sent to the House, where Democrats introduced a discharge petition—if it gets 218 signatures by December 10, it will force the lower chamber to vote on the resolution, regardless of recommendation by a committee.
  • Democrats would have to sign up every member of their own party, and a few Republicans, to reach 218. As of November 30, they have 177 signatures.

What do you think?

Take action above to tell your reps whether they should support or oppose efforts to reinstate net neutrality rules and share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

(Screen Capture from Deadlinefornetneutrality.com)

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  • Joshua-lee
    Voted Yes
    12/10/2018
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    Do this or lose my vote.

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  • Ingrid
    12/10/2018
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    Net neutrality is essential to a vibrant, creative, educated, productive society. Squeezing out students at all levels, small business owners, ordinary citizens, basically anyone who can’t afford to pay big bucks to get top level speed and access by not allowing open access is wrong. It should be reinstated and kept in place. To do otherwise is to diminish this country.

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  • Alan
    Voted No
    12/11/2018
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    Net neutrality is hoax that does nothing but stifle entry competition. The internet works fine as is. And like all things the government touches that was born out of capitalism, it goes bad. So stop messing with the market. Please all the government does is make things worse.

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  • HardcoreModerate
    Voted Maybe
    12/10/2018
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    The internet absolutely must remain neutral. However, it is not clear that the regulations previously put in place were the best way to achieve this.

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  • lKatl
    Voted Yes
    12/10/2018
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    Do what’s right by the people.

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  • SneakyPete
    12/10/2018
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    No..... No ..... No ..... Way folks I’m all for the House Democrats Not reaching the December 10th Deadline, to gather enough signatures to force a vote on restoring net neutrality, protections. 😞 Sadly my my Democratic Representative Steve Cohen was most likely number one, to sign on the list to force a vote on restoring the net neutrality, protections. SneakyPete.... 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻. 12*10*18.....

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  • Teresa
    Voted No
    12/11/2018
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    Don't fall prey to the allure of this legislation simply because of it's deceptive title. It was intended to be the sister package to the legislation that allowed control of our internet to be handed over to a "global non-profit organization" quietly, and in the dark of night on Sept 30, 2016. And more than anything else, something that Obama and the tech giants pushed for and continue to push for, has GOT to be bad for this country...

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  • Leon
    Voted Maybe
    12/10/2018
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    And for as big a stink a few made....nothing.

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  • Cndrla
    Voted Yes
    12/10/2018
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    Only Republicans are willing to give up net neutrality for their corporate donors. Vote them out 2020.

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  • Marilyn
    Voted Yes
    12/10/2018
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    Vote yes for net neutrality. Your constituents and the American people have spoken. When will you start listening? I think we have more important issues regarding the internet to be concerned with at the moment and would rather your energy and focus go toward these issues. Top of the list; cyber security, an election that was hacked from within and by a foreign country,our businesses being hacked causing multi millions of dollars and personal information of consumers stolen to name a few. Start regulating what really needs to be regulated, get with the program and do the job you were voted in to supposedly do.

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  • Nicholas
    Voted Yes
    12/10/2018
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    The removal of Net Neutrality will only benefit large service providing companies and will hurt both consumers (the american people) and small online companies.

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  • KansasTamale
    Voted Yes
    12/10/2018
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    Net Neutrality is a 1st Amendment Right. Not being able to get the information you need because corporations are slowing your internet or limiting what you can see or find is actually illegal. What the FCC & Ali Pai did to our ability to get what we want from the internet is ILLEGAL. VOTE TO RESTORE OUR INTERNET.

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  • OlderNWiser
    Voted Yes
    12/10/2018
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    Please restore net neutrality for the good of all now. Net neutrality now.

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  • Jill
    Voted Yes
    12/10/2018
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    Please vote to restore net neutrality. This is what your constituents want! Only your donors and the GOP want to take it away...more money in their pockets and yours. Stand up for your AZ constituents!

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  • Abbi
    Voted Yes
    12/10/2018
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    This is the final day you can vote to restore net neutrality. Please make it a priority.

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  • Justin
    Voted Yes
    12/10/2018
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    When people talk about no-brainer issues, this issue fits it to a tee. Its support is strongly bipartisan and there are no political repercussions for passing a bill to restore net neutrality. In actuality, not supporting the restoration of net neutrality exposes individuals as shills for the telecom industries and they should be challenged to a primary (whether they are Dem or GOP).

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  • Dorian
    Voted Yes
    12/10/2018
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    Please vote to reinstate net neutrality.

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  • Jacob
    Voted Yes
    12/10/2018
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    Net Neutrality guarantees freedom of speech in the modern era. Internet service providers should not have any say in what content is transferred through their systems; there is no alternative to internet access, access is business owned. Due to the gatekeeping nature of ISP's, they should not hold any power over what data is sent nor what is blocked. This is comparable to the USPS going through your mail/email and deciding what to send. It is unthinkable to allow in a physical medium and should be equally unthinkable in a digital one.

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  • Kimberly
    Voted Yes
    12/10/2018
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    Bring back Net neutrality! A free and open internet is what a free society should have.

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  • Rob
    Voted Yes
    12/10/2018
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    Without net neutrality the security of our access to information continues to erode

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  • Robert
    Voted Yes
    12/10/2018
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    Please vote to restore net neutrality. It’s the people’s, not your donors’, tool to communicate effectively.

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  • ilovebacon
    Voted Yes
    12/10/2018
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    Please protect our internet. Do the right thing.

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  • DrCindyBean
    Voted Yes
    12/10/2018
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    Restore net neutrality

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  • Jay
    Voted Yes
    12/10/2018
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    Represent the people not the corporations

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