If one wanted a captive audience for a political rally, a good place to start would be Jacksonville’s Town Center at 5 p.m. on a weekday.
Better still: when that weekday is just six days before Christmas.
Irked by the recent Federal Communications Commission vote to end net neutrality, the Duval County Democrats will rally in Jacksonville’s most crowded shopping district Tuesday evening.
The local party asserts that “a free and open internet enables innovation and allows communities and businesses to communicate and flourish. ISPs should not be able to choose winners and losers in their bid to regulate the internet.”
The Duval Democrats elected new chair Lisa King earlier this month.
It will be interesting to see how many people show up to protest the FCC vote, and whether this augurs a new trend of activism by the official party.
Per Gizmodo, this unpopular decision by the unelected FCC presents a “win-win scenario” for Democrats, who plan a joint resolution under the Congressional Review Act.
That joint resolution to restore 2015’s Open Internet Order would need Republican support — both to pass, and to pass with a supermajority, making it impervious to a Presidential veto.
The end of net neutrality is yet another issue Democrats seek to engage independent voters with, as they seek to take advantage of what looks to be a favorable electoral environment for a “wave election.”