WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) released the following statement after the Senate passed a measure that would protect the net neutrality rules the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal in December. The legislation passed by a bipartisan vote of 52-47. The measure will now go to the House of Representatives, which has until the end of the year to pass it.
“Today is a critically important step toward saving net neutrality and sends a strong, bipartisan message: the internet should remain fair, open, and equal for all who use it,” Klobuchar said. “Now as it goes to the House, we need to keep up the momentum for all of the American consumers, entrepreneurs, and innovators who rely on the internet. The fight isn’t over until net neutrality protections are permanently preserved.”
Last week, Klobuchar spoke on the Senate floor about the legislation. High-definition video is available here: KLOB FS 050918.mp4
In December 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal net neutrality rules. Net neutrality protections prohibit internet service providers from blocking, slowing down, or discriminating against content online. Repealing these rules could lead to higher prices for consumers, slower internet traffic, and even blocked websites. A recent poll showed that 86 percent of Americans do not approve of the FCC action to repeal net neutrality rules, including 82 percent of Republicans.