Members of Congress will soon have another opportunity to restore net neutrality, and advocates for the open internet are holding their feet to the fire.
With House Democrats expected to introduce the “Save the Internet Act” on Wednesday in an effort to restore net neutrality protections, a coalition of grassroots advocacy groups is urging Americans to flood their representatives with calls and emails in support of the legislation.
“This is huge,” Josh Tabish of Fight for the Future, one of the organizations leading the pressure campaign, said in an email. “But with the news in the headlines, the telecom lobbyists are gearing up to swarm Capitol Hill. Now we need to push lawmakers extra hard to support the new legislation before the lobbyists get to them.”
While the details of House bill are still unknown, net neutrality campaigners said they would not settle for anything less than the strong internet protections that were repealed by the Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which is chaired by former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai.
According to Fight for the Future, the Save the Internet Act is “expected to 100 percent completely overturn Ajit Pai’s disastrous repeal if passed”—unlike Republican bills introduced earlier this year that critics said would undermine attempts to reinstate net neutrality rules.
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