Senator Markey Applauds House Passage of Net Neutrality Legislation
Calls on Leader McConnell to schedule vote in the Senate
Washington (April 10, 2019) – Senator Edward J. Markey, member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Save the Internet Act. The legislation reverses the disastrous repeal by President Donald’s Trump’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in late 2017 of critical net neutrality protections. Senator Markey has introduced companion legislation in the Senate, which is supported by nearly the entire Democratic Caucus.
“Americans of all political stripes support putting net neutrality rules back on the books, because when you pay your monthly broadband bill, you should be able access all the content on the internet at the same speed without interference or throttling by your broadband provider,” said Senator Markey. “That’s what a free and open internet is all about: free of corporate control and open to anyone who wants to communicate, engage, and innovate. The Senate now has a real opportunity pass the Save the Internet Act and overturn the FCC’s wrongheaded decision on net neutrality. I call on Leader McConnell to bring the Save the Internet Act to the Senate floor for a vote immediately.”
A copy of Senator Markey’s Save the Internet Act can be found HERE.
The Save the Internet Act enshrines the three legacy net neutrality principles – no blocking, no throttling and no paid prioritization – and empowers the FCC to prohibit unjust, unreasonable and discriminatory practices. Senator Markey’s Save the Internet Act codifies the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order in a similar manner to last year’s Congressional Review Act (CRA) introduced by Senator Markey that passed the Senate with bipartisan support.