Key Democratic officials are reportedly trying to motivate young voters to show up to the polls during future elections following the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Thursday repeal of net neutrality rules.
Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii says the FCC’s vote to undo internet regulations imposed in 2015 under the Obama administration occurred because they lost a recent election — presumably the 2016 presidential election in which President Donald Trump won and could then establish a 3-2 Republican-led Commission.
“It’s really important for those of us who care about net neutrality to mobilize for 2018,” Schatz said, according to a Gizmodo interview. Petitioning the FCC and educating “friends via social media” is also important, “but in a representative democracy, the way to get policy changes is through elections,” Schatz said. (RELATED: Here’s What Getting Rid Of Net Neutrality Will Do To Netflix)
“We need a generation of net neutrality voters,” Schatz continued. “People now really understand what’s at stake and we need to translate millions of comments to the FCC into millions of votes in the midterm.”
Jessica Rosenworcel, one of two Democratic FCC commissioners, said the actions by her three Republican peers had “awoken a sleeping giant” and that “the American public is angry,” according to Reuters.
Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington said that the impact of net neutrality support is not over, and will have “huge political legs.”
Schatz and other legislators are considering moving forward with a Congressional Review Act bill in order to nullify the FCC’s move.
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