Bill to Save the Internet, Preserve Net Neutrality Passes House
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed the Save the Internet Act which restores net neutrality protections for consumers and small businesses, after the Trump Administration ended these vital protections last year. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) is an original cosponsor of the legislation led by Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA).
Video of Dingell speaking on the Save the Internet Act during Committee hearings is available here.
“With strong Net Neutrality protections, users are back in control of the internet. An open internet allows everyone to browse the web, start a small business, and keep in touch with loved ones,” said Dingell. “This is about protecting fairness, openness, and competition. The only obstacle to internet access should be your battery charge. The House has stood up for consumers, now it’s time for the Senate to bring this bill up for a vote.”
The Save the Internet Act creates popular, bipartisan and targeted net neutrality protections, and codifies the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order similar to last year’s Congressional Review Act that passed the Senate and had bipartisan support in the House:
- Strengthening transparency protections, enacting specific rules against blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization, and empowering the FCC to investigate consumer and business complaints and fine internet service providers for violations of the Communications Act;
- Protecting consumers against unjust, unreasonable, and discriminatory practices, and promoting competition;
- Ensuring consumers can make informed decisions when shopping for internet plans; and
- Restoring the FCC’s authority to fund broadband access for rural communities, working Americans, veterans, seniors, students and disabled Americans.
Dingell – a member of the Communications & Technology Subcommittee – is a steadfast advocate for protecting net neutrality and consumers’ digital protections. Last year, she spoke out against the FCC’s order to end net neutrality and led a resolution in the House that attempted to repeal the order.