Last month, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation to reinstate net neutrality

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar spoke on the Senate floor today in support of the net neutrality rules that were officially repealed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) yesterday. On May 16, the Senate passed a bipartisan measure to overturn the FCC’s decision. The House of Representatives has until the end of the year to hold a vote to overturn the FCC’s decision, and in her speech Klobuchar called on them to immediately pass the legislation.

“Net neutrality is the bedrock of a fair, fast, open, global internet. It holds internet service providers accountable for providing the internet access consumers expect while protecting innovation and competition,” Klobuchar said. “Earlier this year the FCC approved Chairman Pai’s plan to eliminate net neutrality rules. I joined my colleagues to force a vote last month on Senator Markey’s bill to repeal Chairman Pai’s plan and reinstate net neutrality rules. This bill received bipartisan support and was passed by the Senate. Now it’s up to the House to do the same. The fight to protect net neutrality is far from over and we need to make our voices heard for all of the American consumers, entrepreneurs, and innovators that rely on a free and open internet.”

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.

Video of Klobuchar speaking at the hearing is available for download here