May 9: Internet Red Alert in support of net neutrality

2018-05-04 | District Dispatch

On May 9, Senate Democrats will take the first legislative action in support of net neutrality, officially filing the petition to force a vote on the Senate floor to attempt to preserve strong net neutrality protections passed in 2015. The Senate bill is a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution from Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), which would block the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) December repeal of net neutrality rules. Senator Markey has led this effort in the Senate and announced plans via Twitter this week.

The Senate bill now has bipartisan support from 50 of 100 senators and would be assured of passage if just one more Republican backs the effort. From the Senate, the effort would move over to the House of Representatives where it will need 218 votes to pass, and would move on to President Trump for his signature or veto.

Modern libraries rely on the internet to collect, create and disseminate essential online information and services to the public, and ALA is working with allies to encourage Congress to overturn the FCC’s egregious action.

You can join us and others on the internet May 9th for a coordinated “Red Alert” day of action. You can join the Red Alert by using our tool to email your members of Congress and ask them to–or thank them for–supporting a Joint Resolution of Disapproval under the CRA to repeal the December 2017 FCC action and restore the 2015 Open Internet Order protections.

You can also increase visibility for the issue and encourage others to join you via social media.

  • Suggested posts prior to May 9th: “BREAKING: The Senate will officially “discharge” the Congressional Review Act (CRA) petition on May 9th and force a vote to restore #NetNeutrality. Starting then, the Internet goes on #RedAlert.”
  • On and after May 9th: “#RedAlert: Congress has the chance to force a vote to restore #NetNeutrality. Tell (or Thank!) your member of Congress to support the CRA and libraries [add shorturl for action alert].”

We will continue to update you on the activities above and other developments as we continue to fight to preserve a neutral internet.

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