As Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chair Ajit Pai applauded House lawmakers on Wednesday for refusing to restore net neutrality before last month’s deadline, open internet advocates vowed to keep up the fight for net neutrality in 2019 and promised that “Ajit Pai won’t be laughing long.”
“Every single lawmaker who voted against the CRA in the Senate or failed to sign on to the discharge petition in the House has exposed themselves as industry puppets.”
—Evan Greer, Fight for the Future
“It’s an uphill battle, but we are winning the fight to restore net neutrality,” Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future, declared in a statement. “The internet freedom movement is stronger than it’s ever been as we head into 2019. We’ll keep fighting in the states, in the courts, and in Congress. It’s only a matter of time before net neutrality is the law of the land again.”
While open internet advocates failed in their ultimate goal of fully repealing Pai’s attack on net neutrality—which the Republican-controlled FCC rammed through in December of 2017 despite opposition from the vast majority of Americans—Greer noted that the fight to pass the net neutrality Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution “shined a giant spotlight on corruption in Congress.”
“Every single lawmaker who voted against the CRA in the Senate or failed to sign on to the discharge petition in the House has exposed themselves as industry puppets. They put the interests of telecom giants like Comcast and AT&T over the basic rights of their constituents,” Greer said.
“We used the CRA as a powerful tool to get lawmakers on the record,” she continued. “Pundits claimed it would never pass the Senate—but we channeled internet outrage into real political power and got more than enough votes. If House leadership had allowed a vote on the CRA, we likely would have won that too.”
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