Thanks in large part to public pressure, the Senate voted to block the current Federal Communications Commission’s attempt to roll back strong, enforceable net neutrality rules. Now, action has moved to the House of Representatives. House leadership has said they will not schedule a vote on the Congressional Review Act (CRA), but Members can force a vote if the majority signs a discharge petition. If the discharge petition receives enough signatures, then Members have the opportunity to put enforceable net neutrality protections in place, by signing the CRA discharge petition and then voting for the CRA.
ALA and its members’ voices are a key part of the chorus of Americans calling on policymakers to save net neutrality; since mid-December an ALA action alert has generated more than 6,000 emails to members of Congress.
Here’s another way to be involved: on Tuesday, June 26th, net neutrality supporters will hold an Advocacy Day with opportunities to visit your representative’s office. Volunteers will start the day with an advocacy training to make sure you’re ready and feel comfortable talking to your member of Congress. Then volunteers will be on hand take you to your representative’s office so you can share why an open internet is important to libraries and why it’s essential that your representative supports the CRA resolution.
If you cannot join the Day of Advocacy, you can show your support online:
- Use the ALA Action Center to urge your Representative to sign the discharge petition and vote “yes!” on the CRA to restore net neutrality.
- Share this event on Facebook and Twitter. Use the hashtags #DayOfAdvocacy and #NetNeutrality to follow and share on social media.
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