Young people are angry (more than usual).
Thursday’s vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to end net neutrality affects America’s digital-focused millennial the most.
They are, after all, the ones who are going to have to grapple with the changing internet landscape in the years to come.
Democrats think the ramifications run deep and could essentially serve as Donald Trump’s presidential death warrant.
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said: ‘The American public is angry,’ adding that the actions of the Republican majority have ‘awoken a sleeping giant’.
Jesse Ferguson, a Democratic strategist, said polls have found young people are favoring Democrats in the most recent elections and that the net neutrality issue could be used to gather support in the 2018 midterm congressional elections.
‘Net neutrality is the latest data point for voters that the administration is more interested in doing what big companies want them to do, than what people think is in their interest,’ Ferguson said. ‘That’s a narrative that is politically toxic for Republicans.’
In November 2018, all 435 seats in the US House of Representatives will be up for grabs, as will 34 seats in the Senate. Democrats hope to gain control of one or both chambers by capitalizing on the unpopularity of Trump. Republicans currently control both chambers as well as the White House.
To regain power, Democrats will need a strong showing of support among young voters, who traditionally have not shown up in large numbers for elections held in years when there is no presidential contest.
Liberal groups are using net neutrality as an issue to criticize Republican incumbents.
Representative Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from Washington state, echoed that sentiment, saying on Thursday that net neutrality will have ‘huge political legs … This is something that everyone across the country understands – the importance of the internet’.
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