Saving Net Neutrality

On December 14, 2017, the FCC voted to approve the so-called "Restoring Internet Freedom" order that will end Net Neutrality.
Net Neutrality prohibits Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from discriminating against different types of Internet content. Some examples of Net Neutrality violations in the past have been when ISPs slowed or blocked services like Netflix, Facetime, Google Wallet, Skype, and other online websites or services. 
Additionally, many consumers don't have a choice of ISP, the company that connects their home, apartment, or business with the Internet; 80% percent of homes in the United States have at most one choice for high speed broadband. 
That's why Net Neutrality is needed to protect consumers, innovators, and small businesses from content-blocking, throttling, or price-gouging by ISPs. The FCC's action, by eliminating the federal government's Open Internet rules, will permit ISPs to manipulate Internet content and speeds to hurt their competitors and extract monopoly-level profits from consumers and online businesses.
In February 2018, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and I introduced legislation to overturn the FCC's vote to kill Net Neutrality. Click here for more information on that bill. The Senate passed its version of the bill in May 2018, but the House Majority Leadership refused to bring my bill to the House Floor for a vote, and so I filed a "discharge petition"  to force a vote on the bill. 182 Representatives signed the discharge petition, but it fell short of the 218 signatures needed at the end of the 115th Congress in 2018.

The fight isn't over 

Senator Markey and I have introduced legislation to overturn the FCC vote and preserve Net Neutrality - HR 1644, the Save the Internet Act

Click here for more information about the bill and to watch the markup of HR 1644 in Subcommittee on March 26, 2019.
Click here for more information about Net Neutrality.