What are Republicans’ thoughts on net neutrality?
Three months from now the US midterm elections will decide who are the victors and who will be the underdogs. Just as internet service providers decide who will be the triumphant and deadbeat online. Who will stand out, Republicans or Democrats?
According to the most recent survey, Republicans who oppose net neutrality could lose their seat in the midterm elections. Surprisingly, the poll was conducted by Republican pollsters associated with the party leadership. Unless these officials change their mind regarding the restoration of the open internet, they will have a chance to restore their positions as well.
IMGE conducted the latest survey spearheaded by Bryan Sanders. He is the husband of Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary. The polling company is sustained by Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan’s Super PAC (Political Action Committees). The survey was administered ahead of the midterm elections to know what the people think of net neutrality.
Voters from the front line precincts such as Florida, California, New York and Colorado were inquired about their point of views about net neutrality. Also, they were asked if their representative’s standpoint on internet freedom will take a toll on voters’ support. The canvassers recognized that a large percentage of voters prefer net neutrality. Most importantly, the voters’ fervent support for an open internet will largely contribute to the proclamation for both winners and losers in the midterm elections.
The survey’s findings could create problems for susceptible Republicans who declined to bolster a legislative action, called the Congressional Review Act. The resolution is expected to invalidate the FCC’s decision to abolish net neutrality. So far, among the Republican representatives, Mike Coffman has expressed support by signing the discharge petition. Voters are decided to choose in the midterm elections those officials that support net neutrality.
Edge providers such as AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon along with other ISPs maintain a team of lobbyists on Capitol Hill to persuade legislators. They also utilized payments to third-party organizations to establish an alliance of organizations that introduces the outlook of rank and file opposition to net neutrality.
Speaking of midterm elections, Democrats will need to double their efforts to round up the arena that has fallen in the statehouses throughout the country. It will begin this coming November.
The midterm elections for the state legislature will be decisive for state-level policy debacle. Several state legislators that will be elected this year will remain in the office in 2020. It is when the post-census revamp of US congressional districts is scheduled to start.
Would-be frontrunners of the 2018 midterm elections will have a privilege to turn the situation. It could as well offer them a seat at the table. This year’s election and the 2020’s will help figure out who dominates the US House all the way through 2030. Democrats are enthusiastic considering their huge victories in Virginia in 2017. The party recovered the governor’s mansion and acquired 15 state legislative seats. Nine states that Democrats can win back from the Republicans include Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, and Wisconsin.
Democrats are also expecting the help of millennials during the midterm elections. They are the most active users of the internet and will be one of the greatly affected. Using a platform like the Decenternet could provide the expectations of an open internet. Consumers can expect that there is no discrimination of contents and they will not be charged extra fees for a faster connection. There are no issues of blocking and throttling of internet traffic.
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