Open internet advocates urged Americans to “ramp up” pressure on their senators on Thursday after FCC chair Ajit Pai announced in a press release that the widely popular net neutrality rules his agency voted to repeal last December will officially die on June 11.
“There has been much confusion about when exactly the FCC’s repeal, which allows [internet service providers] like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon to block sites, charge access fees for online content, and throttle apps and services, goes into effect. Today’s news ends the confusion, but not the fight,” noted Fight for the Future (FFTF) in a series of tweets responding to the news. “We need to be paying attention, educating ourselves and others, and speaking out. This is the moment to fight!”
The FCC’s announcement comes just a day after Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and 32 other Senate Democrats officially filed a petition to restore net neutrality protections using the Congressional Review Act (CRA).
A vote on the petition — which has the support of every member of the Senate Democratic caucus and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), but still requires one more vote to pass — could come as early as next Wednesday.
— Fight for the Future (@fightfortheftr) May 10, 2018
Denouncing the GOP-controlled agency’s vote to repeal net neutrality as “shameful” in response to Pai’s announcement on Thursday, Democratic FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel urged Americans to keep “making a ruckus until internet…