It ain’t over: Net neutrality advocates are preparing a massive new war against Trump’s FCC

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The fiercest advocates for network neutrality are readying a new war in the nation’s capital, hoping to restore the rules that the Trump administration just eliminated — and galvanize a new generation of younger, web-savvy voters in the process. Not even a month after the Federal Communications Commission voted to scrap its requirement that internet providers treat all web traffic equally, an armada of tech startups, consumer activists and state attorneys general are preparing to take the agency to court.

The expected, early challengers include crafts marketplace Etsy, which confirmed that it would soon sue the FCC. Lobbying groups representing companies like Facebook and Google also plan to intervene in some fashion. Meanwhile, Democratic lawmakers are angling to force Congress to debate the future of net neutrality rules. Even if they fail, they have another goal in mind: They hope to turn net neutrality into a political rallying cry, mobilizing droves of young voters to cast ballots during the 2018 election, when the composition of the U.S. Capitol is up for grabs.


It ain’t over: Net neutrality advocates are preparing a massive new war against Trump’s FCC