CONGRESSMAN JOE MORELLE VOTES TO RESTORE NET NEUTRALITY PROTECTIONS AND MAINTAIN FREE, OPEN INTERNET FOR ALL
(Washington, DC) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle and colleagues in the House of Representatives voted to restore net neutrality protections. The legislation, co-sponsored by Rep. Morelle, reinstates the 2015 Open Internet regulations which prohibit blocking, throttling and paid prioritization and empower the FCC to prohibit unjust, unreasonable and discriminatory practices.
“In today’s high-tech world, the internet is a right, not a privilege – one we must ensure is available to every American,” said Rep. Morelle. “I’m proud to co-sponsor this common-sense, bipartisan legislation to help ensure the internet remains a level playing field that is free, accessible, and reliable for all.”
The Save the Internet Act (H.R. 1644) reinstates the Open Internet Order of 2015 that classifies broadband internet services as “common carriers” that are prohibited from preferentially treating or discriminating against groups of persons.
These regulations were originally rolled back by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in December 2017 – a move that is opposed by a whopping 86 percent of Americans. This legislation restores those essential protections to maintain a free and fair internet for all Americans.
“I am also pleased that this legislation strengthens internet access for rural and low-income communities that too often are left behind by modern internet infrastructure,” continued Rep. Morelle. “Fair and reliable internet access is necessary to working Americans everywhere, regardless of where you live. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to join us in immediately passing this essential legislation.”