By Free Press
AMAZING NEWS: In a 232–190 vote, the House of Representatives passed the Save the Internet Act, with one Republican crossing party lines and joining Democrats in voting for this crucial bill.
Wednesday’s victory is a huge step forward in the fight for digital civil rights in the United States and was possible because of you. No, really. Grassroots activism powered energetic Net Neutrality champions on Capitol Hill and public-interest advocates like Free Press Action.
This win isn’t just about the final push to pass a single bill either. The passage of the Save the Internet Act demonstrates how far Net Neutrality has come politically. In 2006 (which wasn’t that long ago), Net Neutrality went down in the House by more than 100 votes.
A huge tide has turned — and it wouldn’t have been possible without you.
Over the three weeks in which the Save the Internet Act advanced at lightning speed from subcommittee to committee to the full floor of the House, we heard from dozens of representatives that they supported the bill because they heard from their constituents about Net Neutrality more than any other issue.
Now it’s time to turn that enthusiasm to the Senate.
Before the final gavel dropped on the vote in the House, skeptics rang out in a chorus of “What about McConnell?!” “What about Trump?!”
To them, we say: challenge accepted.
The Net Neutrality Congressional Review Act resolution that passed the Senate in a bipartisan vote in May 2018 would have done the exact same thing as the Save the Internet Act — restore the Obama FCC’s Title II Net Neutrality rules. Over 80 percent of people in the United States — including Republicans — support those protections.
If Senate Majority Leader McConnell and President Trump want to take a politically toxic and unsustainable position, that’s on them. We’ll be here fighting for their constituents’ rights either way.
But we can’t do this alone. Want to get involved? Look no further, my friends. Here are three ways to do just that:
Sign our petition urging the Senate to support the Save the Internet Act.We’ll deliver them to your senators’ offices right away.
Sign up to be a Net Neutrality Hero. A member of our team will get in touch with you about ways you can move beyond signing petitions and tweeting at members of Congress (though don’t get me wrong, those things mean a lot).
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