Free Press has outlined steps required to try to stop the repeal of Net Neutrality. NO matter which side you sit on, I think it’s helpful to see the next steps on the path to repeal or overturn…
- FCC starts the clock: The FCC voted to repeal Net Neutrality, but it still has to publish the rules in the Federal Register and take other steps to get final approval for its decision. Once all of that happens, Congress has 60 “legislative days” to pass a joint resolution of disapproval using the CRA.
- Get through relevant committees:Once members of the House and Senate introduce a resolution, it then makes its way through the appropriate committees in each chamber. Good news: If majority leaders try to prevent a vote, there are ways for a simple majority of the House — or even just 30 senators — to push past them and still get the resolution to the floor.
- Win a majority:The Senate can’t filibuster a joint resolution of disapproval. There’s a limited amount of time set aside for debate, and it needs only a simple majority to pass in the Senate (not the 60 votes often required to move ahead with a vote).
This year we’ve already seen lawmakers from both sides of the aisle speak up in support of maintaining the FCC’s strong Net Neutrality rules, so a victory is within reach — even with Congress controlled by Republican leadership that’s been hostile to internet-freedom concerns (plus a whole range of other economic, social and racial-justice issues).
- Sign the resolution:Once passed, the joint resolution heads to Trump’s desk. If the president ignores the will of millions of constituents from both ends of the political spectrum and takes a hard stand against Net Neutrality by vetoing this resolution, don’t worry: Free Press and our allies will sue the FCC— as will attorneys general across the nation.
What you can do: Make it utterly toxic for politicians to oppose Title II Net Neutrality. That means calling out any lawmaker who hasn’t made an unequivocal public statement of support. Visit the scoreboard at BattleForTheNet to see where your lawmaker stands, then get your community to take action.