Regardless, the effort is still very important, and has gained the support of many tech companies and internet communities Such as Reddit, GitHub, Tumblr, Etsy, Netflix, and more. Currently, the resolution has 50 senators supporting it—48 Democrats, and two Republicans. The 50 Senators are looking for a possible 51st Senator to pledge their support. What’s more, forcing a vote requires everyone to stand up and be counted, so to speak; Senators will either be for net neutrality or against it, and that could have implications for future elections, 2020 included.
The CRA is currently considered the best hope for restoring the previous and popular net neutrality rules. Nevertheless, voters should remember that this is an important and continuing issue. Continued pressure at lower levels could help propel it into the midterm 2018 elections and beyond.
- Eric Hamilton