ALA joins operation #OneMoreVote
Published February 26, 2018 by Larra Clark
ALA has been working closely with allies to support Senate legislation to restore 2015’s strong, enforceable net neutrality rules. The bill is a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution from Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), which would block the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) December repeal of net neutrality rules. The CRA currently has bipartisan support from 50 of 100 senators and would be assured of passage if just one more Republican backs the effort. That’s why we are participating in tomorrow’s massive online day of action—including with other net neutrality advocates and companies like Etsy, Vimeo, Medium, Imgur, Slashdot and Tumblr—to get one more Senator on board.
The measure is backed by all 49 members of the Senate Democratic caucus, including 47 Democrats and two independents who caucus with Democrats. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) is the only Republican to support the bill so far, but we are hoping that an internet-wide push will secure #onemorevote.
Getting the CRA resolution passed in the Senate may also apply pressure to the House, where a simple majority is needed (218 votes) to push the CRA past leadership to the floor later this spring. That will require winning over more than 20 Republican members of the House. Ultimately, this Congressional action would be subject to Presidential approval.
But getting past this #onemorevote milestone in the Senate is the first step and puts Senators on the record on this critical issue.
With the Federal Register publication of the December repeal of net neutrality regulations, there are now deadlines established for passing a CRA resolution and for filing legal challenges. In light of this, several net neutrality advocates, ranging from Public Knowledge to the Internet Association to state attorneys general, have begun filing suits against the December FCC regulations.
Much is still in play as to when and how these cases will progress, but we have seen how effective courts can be in slowing or stopping attacks on Net Neutrality and we are supportive of the strategies in court.