Democrats joined activists and rallied outside the Capitol on Wednesday to show their support for the net neutrality rules as part of a “Day of Action,” slamming Republican efforts to repeal the Internet rules.
“Without net neutrality, the internet as we know it ends. It’s just that simple,” said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).
“The fact is that political change doesn’t begin in Washington, D.C. and then trickle down. It’s bottom-up,” Wyden added. ”And today we begin the next big battle.”
“We need a free & open internet – not one that tilts the playing field for the rich & powerful who already made it. We need #netneutrality,” tweeted Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
We need a free & open internet – not one that tilts the playing field for the rich & powerful who already made it. We need #netneutrality
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) July 12, 2017
“The FCC and everyone in this city is going to know what the political consequences are if net neutrality is repealed,” said Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.).
The Hill added:
Republicans and telecom companies behind the repeal push have called for Congress to come up with legislation that would replace the rules.
But Democrats and activists like Free Press CEO Craig Aaron say that is a veiled attempt to water down the restrictions on the broadband industry.
“The fact is, we have something that is already working so why we would be urging people to take an incredibly popular policy with wide support from millions and millions of Americans and rewrite it to make it 5 percent less awful than whatever the FCC is proposing right now doesn’t make any sense,” Aaron said.