Kildee Supports Bill to Restore Net Neutrality
Net Neutrality Protects Consumers and Ensures Open and Fair Internet, Bill Also Invests in Rural and Low-Income Broadband Infrastructure
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today applauded the passage of legislation to restore net neutrality protections, ensuring that the internet is open to all Americans and free from interference.
The Save the Internet Act, which passed by the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 232-190, would reinstate common-sense provisions that require internet service providers to treat all data traveling over the internet fairly, without discrimination or additional charges for consumers.
The bill also invests in rural and low-income broadband infrastructure to expand access to the internet for families in Michigan and across the country. Nearly one in four rural Americans, and nearly one in three of those on tribal lands, don’t have access to broadband internet service at home.
“Big corporations should not have the power to slow down, control or block internet access,” Congressman Kildee said. “Access to the internet is fundamental to obtaining information and supporting a business in the 21st Century economy. For these reasons, I am proud to support net neutrality. It was wrong for the Trump Administration to undo net neutrality protections for consumers and businesses. The Senate should take up this common-sense legislation without delay to make the internet accessible and affordable for all Americans.”
In 2017, the Trump Administration repealed net neutrality rules to once again allowed big corporations to pick and choose the content someone accessed on the internet. According to a recent poll, an overwhelming 86 percent of Americans oppose the Trump Administration’s decision to end net neutrality.
The passage of the Save the Internet Act today in the House is the latest action by a new Democratic majority to make Congress work for the people. In recent weeks, A Democratically-elected House acted to pass other key pieces of legislation, including:
- H.R. 1, the For the People Act, to expand voting rights for Americans, reduce the dominance of big money in politics, and ensure that public officials work for the people, not special interests.
- H.R. 8, Bipartisan Background Checks Act, long-overdue gun violence prevention legislation that requires background checks for gun sales and transfers to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and bad actors.
- H.R. 7, the Pay Check Fairness Act, which strengthens and closes loopholes in existing law, including the 1963 Equal Pay Act, to help ensure that women and men get paid the same if they are doing the same work.
- H.J. Res 46, a privileged resolution to terminate President Trump’s national emergency declaration to illegally fund his border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
- H.R. 1585, the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which seeks to end instances of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking by improving law enforcement response to violence and funding local programs to support victims.