As Washington State Senator Maria Cantwell explained recently on Twitter:
In the United States, just 3 providers of internet access have about 70% of the consumers. In any market with only a few players, it's essential that we protect businesses and consumers, and that is exactly what #NetNeutrality does.
— Sen. Maria Cantwell (@SenatorCantwell) May 16, 2018
Today, Cantwell and Washington's other US Senator, Patty Murray, joined all the Senate Democrats and three Republicans in moving to repeal a Trump-era decision from the Federal Communications Commission that will dismantle net neutrality as we know it.
According to The New York Times, the House is unlikely to join the Senate in defending net neutrality. But if the House doesn't join with the Senate on this, it'll only help the Democrats' strategy for retaking the House in the upcoming midterms.
"For Democrats, net neutrality is part of a three-legged stool — internet access, gun control and marijuana legalization — they are leaning on to entice young voters to engage in the midterm elections," the Times reports. "Such voters broadly side with Democrats, even though they are notoriously complacent in nonpresidential election years."