Senator Markey Statement on Rep. Blackburn’s Net Neutrality Legislation

Senator Markey has announced intent to introduce Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to reverse FCC decision on net neutrality rules; CRA now has 26 co-sponsors

 

Washington (December 20, 2017) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee released the following statement in reaction to the introduction of net neutrality legislation by Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (TN-07). Last week, after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to roll-back its 2015 Open Internet Order, Senator Markey announced his intention to introduce a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval to reverse the FCC’s partisan action. Senator Markey’s CRA now has 26 co-sponsors.

 

“When Chairmen Thune and Upton released their draft net neutrality bill in 2015, I called it a legislative wolf in sheep’s clothing, offering select few safeguards while taking away the FCC’s future authority over broadband,” said Senator Markey. “Congresswoman Blackburn’s bill is even worse. This legislation doesn’t just rip authority away from the FCC to protect consumers, it goes further to undermine the very spirit of net neutrality by allowing broadband providers to establish internet fast and slow lanes. Rather than legislation that would permanently undermine the free and open internet, Congress should pass my Congressional Review Act resolution and restore the Open Internet Order.”

 

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