Net neutrality is gearing up to make a dramatic comeback.
The recent midterm elections secured the House of Representatives for the Democrat winners. The combined effort of net neutrality advocates and Democrats are expected to resurrect the regulation that once protected the consumers but is now dismantled by the current FCC administration.
Once the Democrats get hold of the House, a strong push to restore net neutrality will take place. The regulation forged during the Obama administration will be put back into place to once again protect consumers from ISPs’ dishonest business procedures.
“The FCC’s repeal sparked an unprecedented political backlash, and we’ve channeled that internet outrage into real political power. As we head into 2019, net neutrality supporters in the House of Representatives will be in a much stronger position to engage in FCC oversight,” said Fight for the Future deputy director Evan Greer.
As a political turning point, net neutrality is a comparably new episode. John Oliver and his HBO show, “Tonight with John Oliver” widely opened the topic about net neutrality. Following the show, the FCC’s comment system became flooded with millions of comments from groups and people who are in favor of and against the repeal.
On January 3, 2019, the Democrats will officially take over the House of Representatives. Net neutrality proponents are expecting that the regulation shaped during the Obama regulation will have a bigger chance of getting restored. Rumors regarding who the political party will stand against Trump in 2020 has already started extensively.
Former FCC lawyer, Gigi Sohn is expecting the Democrats to apply their new authorization to pursue the restoration of robust net neutrality rules. She also hopes the topic to be discussed by any of the presidential aspirants.
FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel is another net neutrality advocate and is very vocal about her support for an open internet. She viewed that net neutrality is a national issue and requires expansive approval from Americans. She cited a University of Maryland research that identified 83% of people who participated in the survey were not in favor of the FCC’s decision to nix net neutrality regulation forged in 2015.
The Senate passed its CRA resolution in May where the majority of the senators are Democrats before the midterm election. The House needs to pass its resolution until the end of the year and should be signed by President Donald Trump to be implemented. However, not too many believe that he will sign it considering his desire to minimize federal regulation.
CRA supporters who direly desire the restoration of net neutrality admit that it is a grueling battle with the possibility of losing. The resolution requires 218 signatures in the House but had gathered only 178 votes.
The Fight for the Future commenced a website called DemsAgainstThe.Net aimed at Democrats to intentionally shame them for claiming of “positioning the interests of telecom giants before their people.”
Support for the restoration of net neutrality is pouring in. Last week Democrat Rep. Frederica Wilson (FL) disclosed her intention to sign the CRA discharge petition. Her advocacy emerged following Democrat Rep. Morelle’s (NY) signing of the petition on November 30.