The Federal Communications Commission’s decision to repeal the Obama-era rules on net neutrality has sparked outrage in many Americans, especially young people. The United States already experiences an internet speed that lags behind several countries in Asia and reversing the rules is not going to help get Americans access to faster internet. Net neutrality regulations require internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally to avoid creating internet “fast lanes.”
Needless to say, many feel this is the opposite direction America needs to be heading. Luckily, several Democratic lawmakers are intensifying their fight on the Senate floor over the Obama-era rules. On Wednesday, the Democrats moved to force a floor vote on a resolution that would block the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from repealing net neutrality rules.
Many Democrats also feel that they can use the issue of net neutrality to flip seats in 2018. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) asserted that “Republicans have woken up a sleeping giant” with their support of the FCC’s decision. “I have to say, I’ve never seen an issue that fires up teenagers and college kids like this since the Iraq War,” he claimed.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) argued in favor of net neutrality on behalf of the future generations of America. “Millennials were born into a world with a free and open internet,” Schumer said.
The Democratic lawmaker continued to compare Millennials’ internet usage to previous generation’s drinking coffee in the mornings. “It’s as integral to their daily lives as a morning cup of coffee,” he insisted. “So when the administration rips it from their hands and hands it over to the big [internet service providers] on a silver platter, millennials will know that Republicans were responsible — you can bet Democrats are going to make sure of that.”
Are you glad the Democratic lawmakers are fighting to protect the internet?