WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today joined 48 of his colleagues in the Senate to demand that House Speaker Paul Ryan immediately schedule a vote on the bipartisan, Senate-passed legislation that would overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to repeal net neutrality rules. In their letter, Senate Democrats urged Ryan to bring to the floor the resolution that the Senate passed 22 days ago. With the rules set to officially expire in just three days, Brown said it is critical that Congress protect Ohioans’ right to a free and open internet.
“Net neutrality is about keeping the internet accessible for small businesses, students, entrepreneurs, startups, and Ohioans looking for jobs,” said Brown. “We shouldn’t be putting internet access out of reach for Ohioans to pad the pockets of the biggest telecomm executives.”
“Without these protections, broadband providers can decide what content gets through to consumers at what speeds and could use this power to discriminate against their competitors or other content,” the Senators said in their letter to Speaker Ryan. “Under this new regime, the internet would no longer be a level playing field. Instead, big corporations who could pay would enjoy the benefits of a fast lane and speedy delivery of their content to consumers while those who could not pay these tolls – such as startups and small businesses, schools, rural Americans, and communities of color – would be disadvantaged.”
In December 2017, the FCC voted to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order, which prohibits internet service providers from setting up internet fast and slow lanes and ensured they could not block or slow down internet traffic. Since the December vote, Brown has been fighting to keep the internet free and open from corporate interference, including:
A copy of their letter can be found HERE.