Doyle Announces Legislative Effort to Save Net Neutrality

Washington, DC – December 12, 2017 –, U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA-14), the Ranking Member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, announced today that he would introduce legislation to reverse FCC regulations to kill the Open Internet Order if the FCC votes to proceed with those regulations at its scheduled meeting on Thursday, December 14. 

“Net Neutrality is essential for promoting innovation, competition, and economic growth on the Internet,” Congressman Doyle said earlier today in announcing his plans. “The Open Internet Order, which currently protects Net Neutrality, was adopted only after years of efforts by Internet Service Providers to circumvent previous net neutrality rules in order to stop potential competitors and extract greater profits from their choke-hold on the “last mile” connecting consumers to online services. All you have to do is look at what went on over the last 10 or 15 years to see how the ISPs repeatedly sought to crush potential competitors and challenged the FCC’s previous Net Neutrality rules in court to understand why the Open Internet Order was needed – and to see what will happen if the Open Internet Order is repealed.

 “I was a vocal advocate for strong Net Neutrality rules for years before that, and I strongly supported the Open Internet Order when it was proposed in 2015,” Congressman Doyle added.
“This year, I’ve been a vocal opponent of FCC Chairman Pai’s misnamed “Restoring Internet Freedom Order,” which would repeal the Open Internet Order and abdicate the FCC’s responsibility to ensure the kind of real competition that would increase Broadband speed and capacity, improve customer service, reduce prices, and promote innovation. Today, tens of millions of American homes have only one option for Internet Access. We used to call that a monopoly. Monopolies are notorious for charging high prices, providing lousy customer service, fighting off potential competitors, and stifling innovation and economic growth. The Chairman’s plan could more accurately be called the “Restoring Internet Service Providers’ Freedom Act. Freeing up ISPs to block services, throttle content, and make ‘paid prioritization’ their Internet business model will block competition, throttle innovation, and make customers and online businesses pay more for less. That’s not in the public interest, and it’s perversely contrary to the FCC’s mission.”

“The answer to monopolies has always been regulation and competition, and as much as some of the FCC Commissioners don’t want to acknowledge it, Net Neutrality and the regulation of ISPs under Title II are essential for providing real competition in the Broadband marketplace.

“I am sending a letter signed by dozens of Members of Congress to the Commissioners tomorrow urging them not to vote on Chairman Pai’s plan to repeal Net Neutrality at their meeting this week. If the FCC does adopt the Chairman’s proposal to repeal the Open Internet Order, I plan to introduce legislation under the Congressional Review Act to overturn the so-called Restoring Internet Freedom Order.”
 
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