What would be the decision of the lawmakers regarding the Congressional Review Act that is fast approaching?
Congress is nearing its deadline to decide if CRA will overturn the Federal Commissions Communication’s repeal of net neutrality and restoring it.
Just before the deadline on Dec. 10, thousands of internet users will join forces on Nov. 29 to inscribe an open letter to Congress in championing net neutrality. Tech companies such as Etsy, Postmates, Sonos, and Tumblr will support the effort. Celebs like Tom Morello and Evangeline Lily will also uphold the purpose.
Net neutrality proponents prepare to gather signatures together with an “I support net neutrality” picture to put a human image on the struggle. Fight for the Future organizes the congregation, with thousands of photos already submitted to “overflow” legislators’ social media feeds between now and Thursday (Nov. 29).
The CRA passed the Senate in May. However, it still is short of dozen votes in the House of Congress to overturn the current FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom order. The latter’s regulation dismantled the 2015 Open Internet Order that prohibits ISPs from blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization.
Republicans were not the only ones who disagreed to restore net neutrality. Giant ISPs also oppose the CRA vote and sent a letter to Senators Mitch McConnell (KY) and Chuck Schumer (NY) in May. USTelecom along with other telecom companies dispute that the CRA will paralyze important reserves necessary to link destitute and rural communities to high-speed broadband.
Rep. Mike Doyle proposed the discharge petition during that time allowing the House to force a vote in the event that half of the representatives sign up. It will then provide advocates until the end of January hearing to gather the needed signatures. There should be more than 20 Republican representatives inclined to be against their party and bulwark the CRA.