by Countable | 2.22.18
Congress now has 60 legislative working days to reverse the FCC decision under the Congressional Review Act.
The clock starts ticking TODAY. @AjitPaiFCC just triggered a timeline that will culminate in a Senate vote on my CRA to save #NetNeutrality. We now have only 60 legislative days to find one more vote. Is your Senator on the right side of history? pic.twitter.com/oW3TzE6s00— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) February 22, 2018
In December, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and the commission’s two other GOP members voted to enact Pai’s Restoring Internet Freedom rule, allowing internet providers to speed up – or slow down – access to apps and websites.
As Reuters explained, "The formal publication in the Federal Register, a government website, means state attorneys general and advocacy groups will be able to sue in a bid to block the order from taking effect."
Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel, one of the FCC’s two dissenting commissioners, tweeted:
It's official. The Federal Register published the @FCC order rolling back #NetNeutrality. But here's what's also official: This misguided decision awoke a sleeping giant--the American public--and we won't stop making a ruckus until internet openness is the law of the land.— Jessica Rosenworcel (@JRosenworcel) February 22, 2018
The commission disagrees, writing in the Federal Register that the repeal "restores the light-touch regulatory scheme that fostered the internet's growth, openness, and freedom."
Congress has 60 days to act—tell them how they should. Should they support the rollback or join the opposition? Hit Take Action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.
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Please stop this travesty. We need a free and open internet. This will harm small business and users, who deserve to see what they want with no restriction.
I love how Republicans and their supporters say how the GOP is all about protecting our freedoms..yeah right. They care only about protecting the freedom of people like the Koch brothers to screw the rest of us over.
The American people are tired of corrupt, non-elected government officials putting the interests of their donors, lobbyists and former employers above those of the general public. Pai is now under investigation for his arbitrary change to the FCC rule which could allow the Sinclair-Tribune merger to proceed. For a person interested in competition, this is hypocrisy at its best. We deserve and demand this latest action be reviewed and reversed by the people actually PAID to represent the rest of us. This self-interested decision cannot stand.
It’s time for Congress to take action. Hahahaha!! Like talking to a wall. Repealing net neutrality is counterproductive for the education and entrepreneurship of our people. What a bad decision.
Doesn’t ANYONE on the hill listen to what we the people want???? Have you forgotten that we the people are your employer? I’m so tired of the people with the most money having the most influence and the devil take the rest of us.
And this, just as Mr anti-net neutrality is about to be investigated. Good luck Mr Pai, u r going to need it. ...And Congress, get to work, u have 60 days to not screw this up. Hurry...Mid-terms r coming 👍
I’m tired of corporate giants running my life and my country.
This agency DOES NOT have our approval to do this (the consent of the governed...) It must be made null and void. This is NOT a power we (the people) granted the government.
Everyone should fight against this government takeover of our rights to free speech and access to a free internet. This action by the FCC is a clear violation of law and an attempt to privatize our democracy
Unfortunately my senators agree with the FCC ruling to repeal net neutrality. I have written to them and they have told me so. So I'll do what I have to do in the 2018 elections "VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE!"
Unquestionably and unapologetically corporatic. History will not be kind to this administration. Which side of history do you want to be on? Act now. Protect a free and open internet.
To ALL the Democratic Senators that have signed the Net Neutrality CRA thank you. Please speak to your republican buddies and ask them to sign too. This is what the people want!!!
This is another giveaway to corporations, this time telecommunications! Stop this insanity please!
Please protect our once great country and put an end to fascist America
We need to protect Net Neutrality, and have to let all our legislators hear it!
Restore net neutrality. Corporations have too much control over the consumer. Now we will be forced to use services that our internet provider approves of. And say hello to the price hike.
It’s time for Congress to take action. Repealing net neutrality is counterproductive for the education and entrepreneurship of our people. What a bad decision.
Reverse this order and pass legislation defining the internet as a utility in order to enshrine net neutrality into law. Do this now and do not compromise. Get it done.
Keep the Internet free and open. Net neutrality should be here to stay, say no to the repeal of net neutrality!
Ending Net Neutrality is unacceptable because it infringes upon our freedom of speech. Save our Democracy!