The net neutrality idea was voted down, but Matt at Savetheinternet.com comments that this was a partial victory — that several Congresspersons changed their votes and that the movement is clearly being noticed on Capitol Hill:
Ok, so the vote on the Markey amendment to protect the internet has happened, and it was voted down, 34-22. That is a big deal. Itâ€™s too bad we lost the vote, but we expected that loss. What we did not expected was the narrow margin. By way of comparison, the subcommittee vote was 23-8, which means we should have gotten blown out of the water. We did not. All four targeted Dems by McJoan on Daily Kos flipped to our side, and many of the Congressmen both for and against this campaign mentioned the blogs and angry constituents.Thereâ€™s a white hot firestorm on the issue on Capitol Hill. No one wants to see the telcos make a radical change to the internet and screw this medium up, except, well, the telcos. And now members of Congress are listening to us. The telcos have spent hundreds of millions of dollars and many years lobbying for their position; we launched four days ago, and have closed a lot of ground. Over the next few months, as the public wakes up, weâ€™ll close the rest of it.
The thing to do now is contact your Congresspersons and reinforce the need for net neutrality. Jim Langevin: Washington, D.C. Office: (202) 225-2735, Warwick Office: (401) 732-9400; Patrick Kennedy: Washington Office: (202) 225-4911; Pawtucket Office: (401) 729-5600. Outside Rhode Island, you can go here to find the contact information for your representative in Congress.