Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressman Cohen Co-Sponsors Bold Legislation to Save the Internet

March 8, 2019
Press Release

March 6, 2019 – Today, Congressman Steve Cohen joined Democrats to co-sponsor the bicameral Save the Internet Act, which restores 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.

“I believe the Internet should remain a platform for the free expression of ideas and innovation, and remain fast, fair and open for all users,” said Rep. Cohen. “I am proud to take action to restore net neutrality protections and protect consumers, entrepreneurs and small businesses from big Internet Service Providers who want to throttle their browsing speed, block their Internet access and increase their costs.”

The “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:

  • 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 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.