Statement on Senator Schumer’s plan to force vote on CRA resolution to restore net neutrality rules

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 15, 2017
Media contact: Mark Stanley, [email protected], 202.681.7582

The following statement is in response to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announcing today he will force a vote on a Congressional Review Act resolution to restore net neutrality rules.

The organizations behind BattleForTheNet.com and Team Internet—Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, and Free Press Action Fund—have already launched an Internet-wide campaign to demand that Congress use a Resolution of Disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to overturn the FCC’s illegitimate rulemaking.

The following can be attributed to Demand Progress Executive Director David Segal:

“Demand Progress applauds Senate Minority Leader Schumer’s announcement today that he will force a vote on a resolution to restore net neutrality rules. This week’s vote by the FCC was a victory for media monopolists and elites, but it will be short lived. The FCC made a historically bad decision, handing giant telecoms the power to block and censor content online. In the wake of the FCC’s vote, activists are turning attention and energy to Congress, where we will muster all of our might to support efforts to use the Congressional Review Act to overturn the FCC’s disastrous vote.

“The net neutrality repeal is wildly unpopular with the public, including with Republicans, and we will urge Republican lawmakers to continue to come out in opposition to Pai’s anti-net neutrality plan. We will harness public energy to urge all members of congress, Republicans and Democrats alike, to join the legislative effort to overturn the FCC’s vote. When it comes to supporting a CRA resolution to restore net neutrality, the choice for Congress is clear: Stand with your constituents on net neutrality, or stand with Comcast and Verizon.”

Demand Progress has been a leader in the fight for net neutrality, helping to secure protections in 2015 through organizing and grassroots mass mobilization. In recent months, Demand Progress—in collaboration with Free Press Action Fund, Fight for the Future, and more—has helped organize the massive July 12th Day of Action for net neutrality, generated millions of comments to the FCC, organized over 700 protests in all 50 states, and helped drive over one million calls to lawmakers in opposition to Pai’s plan through battleforthenet.com.

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