House votes to restore net neutrality

The House of Representatives voted to restore net neutrality protections by passing the Save the Internet Act. The Act reinstates the 2015 Open Internet Order protections by reversing the Republican-majority FCC’s 2017 decision to repeal those protections. The legislation bans blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization by Internet Service Providers and gives the FCC power to prohibit unjust, unreasonable, and discriminatory practices.

“Democrats promised an agenda for the people, and this legislation puts consumers first by ensuring that they control their internet experience, not big corporations,” said House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ). “The American people are rightfully demanding that critical net neutrality protections be restored in law, and I’m hopeful this strong House vote helps build momentum for action in the Senate.”

CWA believes that we need clear, enforceable rules to protect a free and open internet for everyone while promoting job-creating investment in broadband networks. The FCC must have the authority to enforce rules that prohibit blocking, throttling, and discriminatory treatment of some websites on the Internet.
 

Links:

Save the Internet Act of 2019 (US House of Representatives, Apr. 10, 2019)

CWA Statement on House Open Internet Vote (CWA, Apr. 10, 2019)

Pallone on House passage of the Save The Internet Act (House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Apr. 10, 2019)