Congressman Cohen Votes on Bold Legislation to Save the Internet
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Steve Cohen voted to pass H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act, a bill he cosponsored, 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 231-190.
“The power of the Internet has always been rooted in its role as a level playing field where the best ideas, not just those with the most money, succeed,” said Congressman Cohen. “Internet neutrality has been one of the most important consumer protections of our time. The Save the Internet Act will restore net neutrality protections and make the Internet better, cheaper and faster for consumers, entrepreneurs and small businesses in Memphis.”
The bicameral Save the Internet Act creates popular, bipartisan and targeted net neutrality protections, and codifies the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order.
Last year, Congressman Cohen cosponsored a resolution under the Congressional Review Act that would have overturned the Trump Administration’s decision to end these vital protections. However it did not receive a vote in the then-Republican controlled House, despite passage of a similar resolution in the Senate.
The Save the Internet Act would:
- Strengthen 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;
- Protect consumers against unjust, unreasonable and discriminatory practices, and promoting competition;
- Ensure consumers can make informed decisions when shopping for internet plans; and
- Restore the FCC’s authority to fund broadband access for rural communities, working Americans, veterans, seniors, students and disabled Americans.