The tweet above appeared late yesterday afternoon, as I stopped for a tofu banh mi en route to BikeHouston's annual Ride of Silence. As of this morning, Fight for the Future hasn't even had time to redo its website in celebration of the Senate vote.
Amazingly, Senate Democrats held the line, even the Blue Dogs. A few Republicans joined them: Susan Collins of Maine, John Kennedy of Louisiana, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska apparently had constituents who spoke up loudly and clearly enough to drown out their corporate sugar daddies. Here's the report from The Hill.
Despite the victory, FFTF is still running its Red Alert campaign, in which dbcgreentx.net is still participating. The Senate vote does not end the FCC's rollback of Net Neutrality provisions. Both houses of Congress have to pass the same resolution to overturn that rollback. Republicans hold 235 seats to the Democrats' 193 (with 7 seats currently vacant). As The Hill's article notes:
The bill will have a much harder time in the House, where Democrats would need 25 Republicans to cross the aisle and join a discharge petition in order to bring it up for a vote.
So concerned Netizens will need to lean on a lot more House members to close the gap, plus prevent Democratic Reps from wandering off the proverbial ranch. Net Neutrality is a consistent hit, with astronomical majorities favoring it in poll after poll. Let's see whether FFTF and related organizations can nettle enough of them into making some phone calls.
OMG AT&T WTF ROFLMAO??!!
Today I received a message from World Beyond War asking me to boycott the United States government. Not Israel, (I signed onto the BDS Movement years ago), but the US. I'd love to, but I'm not really in a position to do that.
As a blogger concerned with Net Neutrality, I am in a position to urge my friends, comrades in the struggle, and casual readers to boycott the living shit out of AT&T. I quit them forever eleven years ago, and they haven't shown any sign of growing a conscience since then.
In fact, if anything, they become worse. Just savor the latest news about AT&T's more-than-nodding acquaintance with Michael Cohen. Do yourself a favor and click through some of the links to the sources that Fight for the Future cites. Then grab some of their Red Alert graphics for your websites or social media profiles.
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