According to Demand Progress, “The Democratic Party platform specifically supports net neutrality and opposes the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality protections. So why are 16 Democrats in Congress still refusing to sign on in support of saving net neutrality?
Maybe because every single one of them has gotten money from Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, or all three.
Some organizations are reluctant to call out Democrats when they do the wrong thing. Not us. As a nonpartisan organization, we expect Democrats to live up to their campaign promises and pro-net neutrality rhetoric, and we’re not afraid to hold them accountable.
The issue is clear: According to their own language, Democrats are supposed to “support a free and open internet at home and abroad, and oppose any effort to roll back the historic net neutrality rules” the FCC enacted in 2015.3
And the voters agree. That’s why nearly forty anti-net neutrality members of Congress lost their seats in November, and why four members reversed course in just the past two weeks and committed to repealing the FCC’s decision to kill the Open Internet Order.
Yet 16 Democrats are still holding out. They have all kinds of excuses for why this isn’t the right way to go. But the real reason becomes apparent when you look at their campaign contributions from Big Cable, such as:4
- Rep. Robert Brady (PA-1): $276, 550
- Rep. Bradley Schneider (D-IL): $66,151
- Rep. Peter Visclosky (D-IN): $120,200
The good news is that when the voters find out just how their representatives sold out net neutrality to AT&T and Verizon, they fight back. Just last week, Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon publicly changed her vote and signed on to save net neutrality due to public pressure, despite having Comcast as her second-biggest contributor.
This is a fight we can win by pressuring the other 16 Democrats in the same way. And we can’t let Republicans off the hook either, because their voters are nearly as pro-net neutrality as the Democrats. But we’re running out of time, and we need to act right now.”
1. Democrats.org, “Party Platform,” accessed December 19, 2018
2. DemsAgainstTheNet.net, “These Are the 16 Democrats Helping Trump and Ajit Pai Kill Net Neutrality,” accessed December 19, 2018
3. Democrats.org, “Party Platform,” accessed December 19, 2018
4. DemsAgainstTheNet.net, “These Are the 16 Democrats Helping Trump and Ajit Pai Kill Net Neutrality,” accessed December 19, 2018
5. Gizmodo, “Democrat Signs House Petition to Save Net Neutrality After Voters Call Her Out,” December 13, 2018