House Tries to Restore Net Neutrality
WASHINGTON DC – Congressman Eliot Engel, member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, voted to pass H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act, legislation to restore popular, bipartisan net neutrality protections for consumers and small businesses. If passed into law, the bill would reverse the previous decision made by FCC Chair Ajit Pai to repeal net neutrality protections.
“A free and open internet is essential to American democracy. Consumers should not be forced to deal with throttling of internet speeds, or tiered systems of delivery. The FCC’s decision to repeal net neutrality was anti-Democratic and must be reversed by Congress,” Engel said.
“I was proud to cosponsor and vote today in favor of H.R. 1644, which will ensure better, cheaper, faster internet for consumers and small business.”
The bicameral 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.