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Polis leads effort to override the FCC decision on Net Neutrality

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Washington, January 16, 2018 | comments

Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., alongside several other Members of Congress, is sponsoring a resolution to override the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) decision on Net Neutrality.  

Last December, the FCC voted along party lines to repeal Net Neutrality protections.  The resolution will reverse that decision, and ensure the preservation of the open internet.  

Under the Congressional Review Act, Members of Congress can offer a resolution of disapproval on any regulation recently issued by a federal agency.  If passed, the CRA would void the FCC's action to repeal net neutrality rules, reinstate the rules passed in 2015, and stop the FCC from taking future action to undermine Net Neutrality consumer protections.

“The Trump administration can - and it seems will - repeal all the progress achieved during the Obama administration, but Congress has the last say.  With the public on our side, we must draw a line and protect the internet as we know it, preserving net neutrality.  To compete in the global economy, we need an internet that allows for the free exchange of ideas, not an internet that can be bought by the highest bidder,” said Polis.

Net Neutrality protections ensure that consumers maintain open access to all legal internet traffic without influence or control from Internet Service Providers.  For example, Net Neutrality rules ensure that internet providers do not restrict access to legal content by blocking, throttle speeds at which content is available, or charge websites for prioritization. 

Polis has been a leading cosponsor of many bills to defend the open internet and protecting individuals’ right to privacy, including: the Email Privacy Act, which protects American’s online communications from warrantless government searches; the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act, which is the most significant federal attempt to protect student data in decades; and the SPEAK FREE Act, which would enhance free speech protection for consumers on the internet. He also recently led opposition against a Republican move to rollback rules that require broadband internet service providers to notify customers before selling their personal information.

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