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Reddit, Tumblr will fight for net neutrality with protests this week

Reddit, Tumblr will fight for net neutrality with protests this week


Operation: #OneMoreVote takes place February 27th

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Online platforms haven’t given up on net neutrality just yet. Along with organizations Fight for the Future, Demand Progress, and Free Press Action Fund, companies including Reddit, Tumblr, Etsy, and Medium are participating in a day of online and offline protests on February 27th. The protest — called Operation: #OneMoreVote — will call upon businesses, web users, and more to “flood lawmakers with phone calls and emails from constituents.”

The FCC voted in December 2017 to remove the net neutrality rules previously put in place, predictably sparking backlash from online communities, some lawmakers, and even fast-food joints like Burger King. The #OneMoreVote protest is working to obtain the final vote needed in order to pass a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution in the Senate, which could block the repeal.

“There are fifty US Senators who have a decision to make: are they going to listen to lobbyists who are paid to lie to them, or are they going to listen to their constituents and small businesses in their district?” says Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, on the protest’s website. If the CRA passes in the Senate and the House of Representatives, it will move on to the president’s desk. Protests will also take place during a rally in DC and outside Senate offices around the country.

“Make no mistake: every member of Congress who fails to publicly support the CRA is casting their vote against net neutrality, and will be seen by voters as an enemy of Internet freedom come election time,” says Greer.