I know you’re tired of hearing about net neutrality. I’m tired of writing about it. But the Senate is about to vote, and it’s time to pay attention

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  1. cmbel2005

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    I like how the article subtley refers to Republicans and Independents like they are some kind of other species.

    >Look, we all know we can’t trust politicians of either party. We all know that yes, they’re beholden to corporate Interests. But we also know that they’re not immune to public pressure. They are ELECTED officials after all. And the polls show that the overwhelming majority of voters, including Republicans and Independents, support net neutrality and want them to vote to bring it back.

    “Look, we all know Republicans and Independents usually fuck up a lot of things, like the failed Hillary election. But trust us when we say they get it right this time with Net Neutrality. Even they aren’t stupid enough to vote against Net Neutrality. Are you dumber than Republicans and Independents?”

    They should phrase it like “an overwhelming number of all Americans” or something that’s inclusive. But it’s like the internet doesn’t know how to function in the presence of normal everyday Americans who happen to be anything but registered Democratic voters. As if by being registered Republican or Independent, that we are somehow perceived to be just as dumb as the dumbest fraction of Republican or Independent congressmen who always show up in the news.

  2. ihateradiohead

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    I’ve got Menendez and Booker as my senators, and Phil Murphy as my governor. I’m in good hands, but I still contacted them just to stay safe. Contacted McCain also, to see if he’ll make a difference

  3. HauntingBoat

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    I’m not tired of hearing about it, I’m tired of hearing that Republicans are trying to destroy it, the captured FCC is doing the bidding of the telecoms, and Trumpism forces me to argue with idiots online all day about why Net Neutrality going away is bad for them.

    Net Neutrality isn’t coming back until there is a Democratic majority in government and the corrupt Republicans are expunged out of politics.

  4. Sengura

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    I’m not tired at all, please keep doing the great work of keeping us all informed and providing ways we can fight this terrible law passed by corrupt politicians.

  5. AllLimes

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    As a non-american, I’m not sure if I should be impressed by how regulated and tight your laws are that you need so many ‘last votes’ to push anything through, or disgusted how much red tape there seemingly is to get anything done.

    That said, sure is interesting to see reddit’s shift on the matter. People really no longer care about this apparently. Amazing how fast the perception changes on this website – wasn’t long ago a large part of the internet stood in solidarity; now here you are, completely fractured.

  6. Death_By_Art

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    All these comments are so negative….

    Seems like everyone has given up.

    Everything that is a giant obstacle will take a lot of effort to get past. We have to keep fighting, if you are tired of the message, relay it to those who haven’t heard, so they can take your place.

    Be like Hydra, but with good intentions to make the world better, along with humanity.

  7. MarkyOchoa

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    Listen… I’ve been hearing “the senate is about to vote” for like 2 weeks already.

    I can only be edged for so long before I check the fuck out.

    So… by “about to vote” … Do you mean like.. in 15 minutes? In a half hour? Because that’s kinda the time frame I think of when I hear the word “about”.

    So…. when exactly is the senate about to vote? That way I can watch the vote on C-SPAN because this is an issue that is a deadlocked bipartisan issue because every Senator knows absolutely fuckall about net neutrality and will vote with their party. Meaning it’s going to be 51 – 49 against.

  8. 1leggeddog

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    Ok so.

    **Trump still prez?**

    *Yeap*.

    **Still a GOP majority in Senate?**

    *Yeap*.

    **Ajit still at the helm of FCC?**

    *Yeap*.

    Sorry but ya’ll are fucked. Ain’t nothing you CAN do.

  9. artemisdragmire

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    The problem is not that we don’t care about Net Neutrality. We do.

    But we can’t change how the bought and paid for senators will vote.

    I live in Texas, a state that has a shitbag named Ted Cruz as a senator. I did not vote for him, I moved here after he was elected (and will be voting against him this election, but that won’t affect this net neutrality vote in any way).

    Ted Cruz has outright derided his own constituents for telling him he should vote FOR net neutrality.

    So what are people like me supposed to do to change this? Go storm the senate and hold them hostage until they vote the way we want?

    The problem is, I, and many others, have come to the conclusion that a vote like this is something we can do absolutely fuck all to influence, because that is the truth.

    I wish it weren’t, I really do. If this went to a popular vote I would be 100% behind grassroots efforts to make sure people got out and voted for Net Neutrality, but the sad fact is, the senators that are going to be making this vote consist of a large number of completely bought and paid for politicians that will not vote in our favor because they have been paid by the corporate lobby to vote against net neutrality.

    I wish I had a solution to bring down the corporate oligarchy, but I don’t. At least not a peaceful one.

  10. oshposhgosh

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    OP’s link is out of date and lacking in any information actually related to the proposed resolution.

    The discharge petition passed on May 9th and ***this joint resolution will be voted on this Wednesday***:
    https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-joint-resolution/52

    The freaking text of the resolution is shorter than this shit article:

    > **S. J. RES. 52**

    > **IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES**

    > *February 27, 2018*

    > Mr. Markey (for himself, Mr. Schumer, Mr. Wyden, Ms. Cantwell, Mr. Schatz, Mr. Blumenthal, Mr. Whitehouse, Mr. Merkley, Mrs. Gillibrand, Ms. Baldwin, Mr. Heinrich, Ms. Hassan, Ms. Klobuchar, Mr. Peters, Ms. Stabenow, Mr. Leahy, Mr. Sanders, Mr. Brown, Mr. Reed, Mr. Kaine, Ms. Warren, Mr. Durbin, Mr. Bennet, Mrs. Shaheen, Mr. Van Hollen, Mr. Cardin, Ms. Hirono, Ms. Duckworth, Ms. Harris, Mrs. McCaskill, Mr. Udall, Mr. Booker, Mr. Casey, Ms. Cortez Masto, Mr. Menendez, Mrs. Murray, Ms. Smith, Mr. Tester, Mr. King, Mr. Nelson, Mr. Murphy, Mrs. Feinstein, Mr. Warner, Mr. Donnelly, Mr. Carper, Mr. Coons, Ms. Heitkamp, Mr. Manchin, and Mr. Jones)

    > introduced the following joint resolution; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

    > *May 9, 2018*

    > Committee discharged, by petition, pursuant to [5 U.S.C. 802(c)](http://uscode.house.gov/quicksearch/get.plx?title=5&section=802), and placed on the calendar
    >
    > **JOINT RESOLUTION**

    > Providing for congressional disapproval under [chapter 8](http://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?req=granuleid:USC-prelim-title5-chapter8-front&num=0&edition=prelim) of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to “Restoring Internet Freedom”.

    The amount of misinformation and lack of simple government understanding in this thread is depressing.

    Read the text, understand it, and call your senators if you agree or disagree…

  11. shiningPate

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    Hypoesthesia – I see your same post every week. THE EXACT SAME POST. It is almost as if you are trying to desensitize public who would otherwise be up in arms. If the Senate is “About to Vote”, as you said last week and the week before and the week before, then say “The Senate is has scheduled a vote on week X”. What has change since your last post? Who has committed? Who is still waffling. Who is leading our charge and needs more support? Do something to galvanize your readers instead of numbing them with the same message. Write the hook.

    —-EDIT—
    Obligatory Thank you kind stranger. Regrets, for getting rewarded for a whiney bitch posting

  12. MaWanderer

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    We need persistence in this regard. We cannot allow them taking net neutrality away for the sake of profit and/or censorship!

    Thanks for sharing!

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