Democratic Representatives who don’t support Net Neutrality have been supported by telecoms

Motherboard reports…

In May, the Senate passed a joint resolution under the Congressional Review Act that would overturn the Federal Communication Commission’s decision to scrap free internet rules last year. That resolution was then sent to the House, and the Democrats introduced a discharge petition, which, if it gets 218 signatures, will force the House to vote on the resolution even without the recommendation of a committee. The Dems have until December 10 to get 218 signatures, which would require every Democrat and a few Republicans. So far, they have 177 signatures.

That leaves 18 Democrats in the House who have yet to sign the petition, which is, again, the only hope Congress has of voting and passing this resolution to restore net neutrality this year. A Motherboard review of FEC filings shows that each of the representatives has taken thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from one or more major telecom companies, including AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, and the National Cable Television Association (NCTA), an ISP trade group.

None of the Representatives are from Minnesota.

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2 thoughts on “Democratic Representatives who don’t support Net Neutrality have been supported by telecoms

  1. I’m surprised that the Blandin Foundation would lower itself to featuring clickbait that chastises elected officials when they don’t vote along their party lines.

    Regardless of your feelings on any issue, when you call someone out for not voting with their party you are promoting the partisan politics that divides our nation.

    • I think it’s interesting to know how or if representatives support the policies that I (or the reader) support and if that topic is broadband then I think it’s interesting to know what might impact that support. In other parts of my life I do the same thing – if someone supports my views I like to know why and if they don’t I like to know why. And if it’s important to me, I like to figure out how to discuss my issues in a way that reaches the policy makers. The more you know, the more you know.

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