On Monday, Senate Democrats got the 30 co-sponsors they need to force a vote on the floor reinstating the FCC open internet order of 2015, which Trump’s FCC has revoked. In less than 24 hours, the number of cosponsors jumped to 40, including most of the Democrats running for re-election in 2018.
It should be unanimous, and it should garner some Republican support, because here’s the other big development in net neutrality news this week. The Nebraska legislature, yes deep-red Nebraska, has new bipartisan legislation to save the net neutrality rules.
The “Internet Neutrality Act” (LB856), introduced by Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln, would restore the federal rules at the state level, prohibiting broadband internet service providers from “limiting or restricting access to web sites, applications, or content.”
“For me, this is an economic development and consumer protection bill,” Morfeld said. “The internet drives the economy now and it’s critical people have open and fair access to the internet.” […]
Morfeld said the idea of reintroducing net neutrality rules at the state level received support from across the political spectrum.
“I knew I was passionate about it, but I was shocked at the support I received from Republicans, from Democrats and Libertarians,” he said.
Outside of political realm, net neutrality is not a partisan issue. Years ago, back in they day when a handful of dinosaurs were duped into doing big telecom’s bidding to seize the “series of tubes,” the fight for net neutrality encompassed advocacy groups from the entire political spectrum. It was only Obama Derangement Syndrome—and those sweet, sweet telecom campaign donations—that drove Republicans to oppose the will of the overwhelming majority of voters and try to destroy the open internet.
Well, now Republicans are going to have the opportunity to both hear from those constituents, and go on the record. In an election year.