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.
 
The fight isn't over. There are a number of ways Net Neutrality can still be preserved.

We’re going to Repeal the Repeal

I will be introducing legislation to overturn the FCC vote and preserve Net Neutrality. This legislation would use the provisions of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to disapprove the regulations to end Net Neutrality that were adopted by the FCC on December 14, 2017. Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) will be introducing similar legislation in the Senate.
 
I haven't introduced this bill yet because the CRA requires the disapproval legislation to include a reference to the location in the Federal Register where the new rules have been published. At this point, the regulation ending Net Neutrality has not yet been published in the Federal Register; it may be weeks -- or months -- before it's published. As soon as it is, I will introduce this bill.
 
In the meantime, I am asking other Members of Congress to cosponsor the bill as a way of showing their opposition to the FCC’s actions. As of January 23, 110 Members of Congress have agreed to cosponsor this bill. It typically takes the support of 218 Members of Congress to pass such a bill in the House.
 
There is precedent for grassroots movements defeating special interests -- most notably the fight over SOPA and PIPA -- legislation that would have had grave effects on the Internet ecosystem. It's my hope that millions of Americans will urge their Representatives and Senators to support legislation overturning the FCC's decision to end Net Neutrality.
 
Click here for more information about Net Neutrality.
 

 
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