Dingell Introduces Bold Legislation to Save the Internet, Preserve Net Neutrality
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) introduced the Save the Internet Act with by Congressman Mike Doyle and Senator Ed Markey, which restores popular, bipartisan net neutrality protections for consumers and small businesses, after the Trump Administration ended these vital protections last year.
“Access to the internet is critical to conduct business, monitor the news, educate children, receive emergency notifications, connect to community, family and friends among many other functions,” said Dingell. “Michiganders and people around the country are depending on us to preserve net neutrality. Consumers, entrepreneurs and small businesses rely on knowing that their Internet Service Provider isn’t going to throttle their browsing speed, block their internet access, or make their prices sky high. The American economy are dependent on a fair and open internet."
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.