Activists Make Last Online Push for Net Neutrality CRA

Net neutrality activists are gearing up for a last-ditch effort to drum up support for repealing the FCC's deregulation of net neutrality rules before the Dec. 10 deadline for passing the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution.

Activists are 'flooding' lawmakers' social media feeds with faces on their support for net neutrality

Activists are 'flooding' lawmakers' social media feeds with faces on their support for net neutrality

It would be just the latest in a series of such "days of action."

The resolution already passed in the Senate, but is dozens of votes short in the House as the deadline nears, geared to the June 12, 2018 trigger date for the FCC's Restoring Internet Freedom order, which eliminated the rules against blocking, throttling and paid prioritization that had been established in the Open Internet Order of 2015.

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On Nov. 29, the groups plan to to collect signatures on what they bill as a heartfelt plea to Congress, along with an "I support net neutrality" photo to put a human face on the effort.

Fight for the Future, which is spearheading the effort, says it already has a couple thousand photos already submitted and activists plan to "flood" lawmakers social media feeds between now and Thursday.

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FFTF says Etsy and Tumblr are backing the effort.

The CRA is a way for congress to nullify and agency decision within six months of its adoption. Republicans used it to successfully repeal the FCC's online privacy framework, but with Republicans still in control of the House through the end of the session, the deadline will almost certainly pass without passage of this CRA.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.