Rep. Courtney Co-Sponsors Legislation to Restore Bipartisan Net Neutrality Protections
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) became an original co-sponsor the bicameral Save the Internet Act, which restores popular, bipartisan net neutrality protections for all internet users. In December, President Trump’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed the 2015 Open Internet Order, the rule that established net neutrality as the law of the land. These rules prevented telecommunications companies from blocking or throttling internet traffic, or from engaging in “paid prioritization” schemes which sell internet fast lanes to the highest bidder.
“Repealing the FCC 2015 Open Internet Order, which mandated equal treatment of content over the internet by broadband service providers, was a serious mistake,” said Congressman Courtney. “There was no evidence that the rule wasn’t working – broadband investment surged under the open rules, and could well decline in a pay-to-play landscape. The Save the Internet Act will restore the open internet policies that were working, and that were widely popular with the American people. Net neutrality is one of the most important consumer protections of our time, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to reinstate a free and open internet.”
The Save the Internet Act restores popular, bipartisan, and targeted net neutrality protections by reinstating the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order. Similar efforts to restore the order last year resulted in a Congressional Review Act resolution that passed the Senate and had bipartisan support in the House. Important provisions of the Save the Internet Act include:
- 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.