The Senate is trying to restore net neutrality.
Democratic Senator Ed Markey introduced a petition May 9, 2018 that would force a vote to bring back net neutrality protections. The senate is using the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to try and reverse the federal regulation with a majority vote.
Democrats in the Senate unanimously support the resolution, they just need a couple of Republicans so it can pass. But it would still need to pass in the House of Representatives and then Trump would take a final look at it (and maybe veto it).
The Senate vote is expected in the coming weeks to show their support for net neutrality. Websites are also planning public protests — Etsy, Tumblr, Pornhub, Reddit, and more will post “red alerts” beginning May 9 to promote awareness and encourage people to call their reps.
Foursquare, Shutterstock, and other tech companies are coordinating an advertising campaign aimed at constituents in five keys states — Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, and Nevada. The online ad encourages people to talk to their senators and vote for the Congressional Review Act before it’s too late.
The end of net neutrality could usher in a new era of online inequality — but platforms and politicians aren’t trying their best to stop it.