For all intents and purposes, the fate of net neutrality this year sits completely within the hands of a majority of members of the House of Representatives. For one thing, the Senate has already voted to reverse the FCC. For another, 218 members of the House can agree to sign a discharge petition and force a vote to the floor, and nothing could stop it procedurally. This represents the last, best chance for a 2018 end to the FCC’s misguided journey into abandoning consumer protection authority over ISPs such as Comcast and AT&T.
But we need you to take the time to contact your elected officials and make your voice heard. Do not underestimate your power to protect the Internet. You’ve done it before when we stopped Congress from passing the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) as it barreled forward towards passage. We’ve even done it on net neutrality just this year. Every time it seemed the ISP lobby had control over the state legislative process and was going to ruin progress on net neutrality laws, we collectively overcame their influence. In fact, every state that has passed net neutrality legislation so far as interim protections have done so on a bipartisan basis.
That should come as no surprise as 86 percent of Americans opposed the FCC decision to repeal net neutrality. At the end of the day the House of Representatives is the political body that is explicitly designed to represent the majority opinion in this country. That means you, your friends, and your family have to speak out now to force the change. No amount of special interest influence is more important or more powerful than Team Internet.
To help you make your voice heard, EFF has provided a guide on how to contact your Member of Congress and navigate the process of meeting your representative. You can also look up who represents you by going here and contact them.
Tell Congress to Sign the Discharge Petition to Support Net Neutrality