Senate Democracts announced yesterday that a bill to stop the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealing Net Neutrality rules now has 40 co-sponsors, giving Net Neutrality advocates a much-needed shot of hope.
The news came just a day after the bill topped 30 co-sponsors, taking it over the amount needed to get it fast-tracked to a vote on the floor.
Democratic Senators Ed Markey and Charles Schumer, among others, made the announcement, with Schumer stating:
Millennials were born into a world with a free and open internet. It’s as integral to their daily lives as a morning cup of coffee. So when the administration rips it from their hands and hands it over to the big ISPs on a silver platter, millennials will know that Republicans were responsible — you can bet Democrats are going to make sure of that.
The bill hopes to take advantage of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) which has been used by Republicans in the recent pass to block a number of bills from passing.
The Congressional Review Act means that Congress could, in theory, overrule the FCC’s decision by issuing a resolution of disapproval. But this would need to take place within the next 60 days, and the resolution would have to be supported by two-thirds of the House and the Senate—or have presidential backing, which it is unlikely to get.
However, having 40 co-sponsors means that the bill will be able to bypass the committee approval process and move straight to a floor vote.
The bad news is that even if all Democrats in the Senate back the bill, they will still need at least two Republicans to cross party lines and join them. It’s difficult to see whether this is achievable—but with your voice, it just might be.
Write to and call Congress right now and tell them to defend Net Neutrality. Visit TheBattleForTheNet.com and use their simple form to make your voice heard.
This bill could be the last chance to save the internet as we know it. Let’s help it as much as we can.