Rep. Andy Levin Votes to Pass Bold Legislation to Save the Internet
Today, Rep. Andy Levin (MI-09) voted to pass H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act, to restore popular, bipartisan net neutrality protections for consumers and small businesses after the Trump Administration ended these vital protections in a brazen, partisan attack last year. The Save the Internet Act passed the House by a vote of 232-190.
“What could be more basic to protecting our democracy, free cultural expression and small businesses than passing the Save the Internet Act?” Rep. Levin said. “We cannot let the Internet become a tool that only those with the most money can use effectively. I voted for H.R. 1644 today because we must restore net neutrality protections so the Internet costs less and works better for everyone.”
The bicameral Save the Internet Act creates popular, bipartisan and targeted net neutrality protections, and codifies the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order similar to last year’s Congressional Review Act that passed the Senate and had bipartisan support in the House.
Provisions in the bill include:
- Strengthening transparency protections, enacting specific rules against blocking, throttling and paid prioritization, and empowering the FCC to investigate consumer and business complaints and fine internet service providers for violations of the Communications Act;
- Protecting consumers against unjust, unreasonable and discriminatory practices, and promoting competition;
- Ensuring that consumers can make informed decisions when shopping for internet plans; and
- Restoring the FCC’s authority to fund broadband access for rural communities, working Americans, veterans, seniors, students and disabled Americans.