Slaughter Cosponsors Legislation to Save Net Neutrality
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25) today cosponsored the legislation under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to reverse the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) disastrous vote abolishing net neutrality. Under the CRA, members of the House and Senate can offer a joint resolution of disapproval on any regulation recently issued by a federal agency. Similar legislation to protect net neutrality was recently introduced in the Senate by Senator Ed Markey (D-MA).
“Net neutrality prevents large corporations from deciding what Americans see online while safeguarding free speech and enabling our thriving digital economy. The Federal Communications Commission’s recent vote put these protections on the verge of extinction. I’m proud to cosponsor this legislation as we work to reverse this disastrous decision. An issue as important as this should be decided by Congress,” said Slaughter.
In December 2017, the FCC voted to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order prohibiting internet service providers from blocking, slowing down, or discriminating against content online. This order was upheld by the D.C. Circuit Court in 2016. If the FCC vote stands, consumers could see higher prices, slower internet speeds, and even blocked websites.
Leading up to the FCC vote, hundreds of small businesses, investors, and technology startups in all 50 states voiced their opposition to repealing it. They highlighted how it could increase operating costs and put them at an economic disadvantage with much larger counterparts. A coalition of small business groups also wrote in a letter to FCC members, “The open internet has made it possible for us to rely on a free market where each of us has the chance to bring our best business ideas to the world without interference or seeking permission from any gatekeeper first.”
According to a recent poll, 83 percent of Americans support keeping net neutrality in place. This includes 89 percent of Democrats, 75 percent of Republicans, and 86 percent of independents.