The fight for net neutrality continues


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Cathleen Weng, Staff Writer

In Dec. 2017, the FCC voted to repeal the Title II net neutrality regulations that protected open and fair Internet for its users. Outrage spread across social media for awhile before everything died down and absolutely nothing happened to the Internet. For the next few months, it seemed like nothing would.

Unfortunately, that did not mean the fight to save fair and open Internet was over. The repeal of net neutrality laws is still happening and the end of net neutrality is set to occur on April 23. Following April 23, companies like AT&T and Verizon will be able to legally control more of their users’ internet through actions such as slowing down certain websites or blocking apps.

Fortunately, there are still ways to fight against the repeal. The Senate has the ability to stop the FCC with the Congressional Review Act, or CRA. They need 51 votes to pass the CRA, and so far, they have 50.

The organization Battle for the Net was a major player in fighting for net neutrality before the FCC vote in Dec. It is still up and running, now with the goal of getting one more senator to support the CRA. On the Battle For the Net website, there are options to email and call senators. Congress can also be contacted by texting BATTLE to 384-387.

Battle for the Net has also organized Operation #OneMoreVote, an Internet-wide day of action taking place on Feb. 27 in order to get the final vote needed.

It is more important now than ever to call senators and take action against the net neutrality repeal. With one more vote, the FCC vote can finally be overruled.