McCollum Co-Sponsors Legislation to Save Net Neutrality
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) today joined 150 House Democrats introducing legislation under the Congressional Review Act to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality rules.
“Net neutrality is essential to a free and open internet. Repealing net neutrality pads the pockets of big corporations at the expense of consumers and small businesses,” Congresswoman McCollum said. “Congress has the power to overturn the FCC’s disastrous decision and we should do so now.”
In December, the Republican majority on the FCC repealed net neutrality rules on a partisan vote. Without these rules, Internet Service Providers will have the ability to slow down, block, or charge consumers more money to access websites they visit on a daily basis. This could create a tiered internet system, with “fast lanes,” for companies willing to pay ISPs more money, and “slow lanes” for small businesses or start-ups who do not have the resources to pay for faster access.
“I urge my Republican colleagues to join me in blocking the FCC’s decision, preserve net neutrality and save the Internet as we know it,” Congresswoman McCollum said.