Doyle Introduces “Save the Internet Act”

March 8, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-18) announced that he had introduced legislation earlier today to restore Net Neutrality. The legislation, entitled the “Save the Internet Act,” has 132 original cosponsors.

“Americans overwhelmingly support the restoration of net neutrality protections that would ensure the Internet remains an open platform for innovation and competition,” Congressman Doyle said after introducing the bill, referring to polling data indicating that more than 80 percent of Americans polled supported Net Neutrality. “The Save the Internet Act would ‘repeal the repeal’ and codify the FCC’s Open Internet Order as a new free-standing section of law. By enacting this legislation restoring the 2015 Net Neutrality rules, the Save the Internet Act would once again prohibit the abusive practices Internet Service Providers engaged in time and time again before the 2015 Open Internet Order was issued.”

“I’m proud that more than 130 House Democrats are original cosponsors on our bill to protect a free and open internet.  The Save the Internet Act puts consumers first by once again putting a cop on the beat at the FCC and protecting them from abusive and discriminatory practices by internet service providers,” Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone said.  “I commend Chairman Doyle for his outstanding leadership on restoring net neutrality and look forward to working with him to move the bill through the Committee soon.”  

“When we talk about a free and open internet, we mean an internet that is free from corporate control and open to anyone to communicate, innovate and connect,” noted Senator Edward J. Markey (MA). “Net neutrality ensures that when you pay your monthly bill to your internet service provider, you are able to access all content on the web at the same speed as your neighbor, or big corporations. The Save the Internet Act is clear and simple: overturn the Trump FCC’s wrongheaded decision and restore strong net neutrality protections. Whether in the halls of Congress or the halls of the courts, we will not stop fighting until net neutrality is fully restored. I thank my good friend Representative Doyle for his continued partnership in defense of net neutrality and our House partners for their leadership in this fight.” 

Senator Markey plans to introduce a companion bill soon in the Senate.

The Save the Internet Act would prohibit internet service providers from blocking, throttling, or engaging in paid prioritization; close loopholes by empowering the FCC to stop unjust, unreasonable, and discriminatory practices; foster innovation and competition by ensuring fair and equal access to broadband for start-ups, small businesses, and entrepreneurs; and promote deployment and access to broadband for consumers and businesses in rural, suburban, and urban areas across America.

This bill would empower the FCC to assist consumers with complaints against their internet service provider – and enforce and fine internet service providers for violations; expand its authority to promote access and adoption of broadband across the country through universal service funding; facilitate broadband deployment by ensuring fair access to utility poles, ducts, conduits, and rights-of-way; protect the privacy of internet service provider customers’ account data; and ensure access to service for people with disabilities.

ISPs have a long history of using their control over the link between internet users and the Internet Backbone to block – or extract money from – consumers and “edge providers”. That’s bad for consumers, bad for many businesses, and bad for the economy. It also slows down technological innovation and provides a serious obstacle to online start-ups, reducing our global competitiveness and slowing improvements in Americans’ standard of living.

The long history of anti-competitive, anti-consumer behavior by ISPs compelled the FCC to establish rules protecting Net Neutrality a number of years ago, and to ratchet up its rules in response to ISP violations of – and legal challenges to – Net Neutrality through 2015, when the Commission adopted the Open Internet Order

Under the Open Internet Order, consumers had the right to access the content of their choice on the Internet, and content providers had the right to access consumers without having to pay tolls or have their service blocked or degraded by an ISP. The Open Internet Order prohibited Internet Service Providers from using their position between consumers and the Internet to advantage themselves, their own products and services, or third parties that want preferential treatment.

The Trump FCC under Chairman Ajit Pai voted in 2017 to kill the Open Internet Order.

Representative Doyle and Senator Markey led an effort to enact legislation under the Congressional Review Act to overturn the Trump FCC’s action. The bill was approved by the Senate, but the House Republican Leadership refused to bring it to the House Floor.

Control of the House of Representatives changed hands in January 2019, improving the prospects for passing legislation to restore Net Neutrality.

Congressman Doyle and Chairman Pallone announced on Tuesday that the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee will hold a legislative hearing on restoring net neutrality protections on Tuesday, March 12.  The hearing will be entitled, “Legislating to Safeguard the Free and Open Internet.”  Information for this hearing, including the Committee Memorandum, the legislation, witness list and testimony, and a live webcast, will be posted here as they become available.

Click here for bill text.

Click here for comments of support from consumer groups.

The names of the original cosponsors of the Save the Internet Act follow below:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ)

Rep. Cindy Axne (D-IA)

Rep. Nanette Barragan (D-CA)

Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA)

Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA)

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)

Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester(D-DE)

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR)

Rep. Ed Case (D-HI)

Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL)

Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI)

Rep. Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr.(D-CA)

Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA)

Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY)

Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC)

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN)

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA)

Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN)

Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT)

Rep. T.J. Cox (D-CA)

Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL)

Rep. Susan A. Davis (D-CA)

Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA)

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR)

Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO)

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)

Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA)

Rep. Antonio Delgado (D-NY)

Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL)

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI)

Rep. Lloyd Dogget (D-TX)

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY)

Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA)

Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY)

Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA)

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)

Rep. John Garmendi (D-CA)

Rep. Jared Golden (D-ME)

Rep. Vincente Gonzalez (D-TX)

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ)

Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM)

Rep. Josh Harder (D-CA)

Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY)

Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA)

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD)

Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA)

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA)

Rep. Hakeem Jefferies (D-NY)

Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)

Rep. William R. Keating (D-MA)

Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL)

Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA)

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA)

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI)

Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ)

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL)

Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH)

Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA)

Rep. James Langevin (D-RI)

Rep. John Larson (D-CT)

Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI)

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)

Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI)

Rep. Mike Levin (D-CA)

Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)

Rep. David Loebsack (D-IA)

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)

Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA)

Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY)

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM)

Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ)

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY)

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY)

Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA)

Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN)

Rep. A. Donald McEachin (D-VA)

Rep. James P. McGovern (D-MA)

Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA)

Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY)

Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI)

Rep. Joseph Morelle (D-NY)

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)

Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA)

Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO)

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN)

Rep. Chris Pappas (D-NH)

Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ)

Rep. Dean  Phillips (D-MN)

Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME)

Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI)

Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA)

Rep. David Price (D-NC)

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD)

Rep. Max Rose (D-NY)

Rep. Harley Rouda (D-CA)

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)

Rep. Raul Ruiz(D-CA)

Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL)

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH)

Rep. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (D-MP-Del.)

Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD)

Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA)

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)

Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA)

Rep. Jose E. Serrano (D-NY)

Rep. Donna Shalala (D-FL)

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA)

Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ)

Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA)

Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL)

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA)

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA)

Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA)

Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA)

Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY)

Rep. Lori Trahan (D-MA)

Rep. David Trone (D-MD)

Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL)

Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA)

Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX)

Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX)

Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY)

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)

Rep. Bonnie Watson-Coleman (D-NJ)

Rep. Peter Welch(D-VT)

Rep. Susan Wild (D-PA)

Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL)

Rep. John Yarmouth (D-KY)