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100 Groups Demand McConnell Allow Vote on Save the Internet Act

Do you support efforts to restore net neutrality?

by Countable | 6.11.19

Update - June 11, 2019:

  • On the one-year anniversary of the net neutrality appeal, over 100 tech companies and advocacy groups are demanding that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) allow a vote on the Save the Internet Act.
  • "Americans want and deserve enforceable protections that preserve net neutrality, ensure stronger broadband competition, and improve access," the coalition wrote in a letter. "They don't want big cable and phone companies controlling what they see, say, and do online. They want more choices and more affordable internet access service."
  • In April, the House passed their version of the Save the Internet Act, which would prohibit internet service providers (ISPs) from blocking, throttling, or engaging in paid prioritization. McConnell said the bill was "dead on arrival" in the Republican-majority Senate.
  • Fight for the Future is holding an "epic livestream" today (June 11), where policy experts, gamers, lawmakers, and others are reading comments in support of net neutrality.
"It's not going to happen overnight, but every day that passes without Congress acting to restore net neutrality, the things people love about the internet are slowly fading away," Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future, said in a statement ahead of the livestream. "It's becoming more centralized, exploitative, and controlled by corporate interests."

Countable's original story appears below.


What’s the story?

  • Sen. Ed Markey’s (D-MA) Save the Internet Act, which would restore Obama-era net neutrality rules, is expected to be brought to the Senate floor on June 11.
  • In April, the House passed their version of the Save the Internet Act, which would prohibit internet service providers (ISPs) from blocking, throttling, or engaging in paid prioritization.
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has declared the bill "dead on arrival" in the Republican-majority Senate.
  •  “In order for this effort to have a chance,” Reddit staff wrote in a post, “our Senators need to know that this is something their constituents care about. While the polling is bipartisan and overwhelmingly in favor of Net Neutrality, polling doesn’t speak as loudly as constituent phone calls.”

What do you think?

Outlets like Reddit have given the call to action—answer it YEA or NAY. Take action above to tell your reps whether they should support or oppose efforts to restore net neutrality protections. Then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

(Photo Credit: iStock / tomazl)

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