Stabenow Helps Lead Successful Effort to Reinstate Net Neutrality, Preserve Free and Open Internet for Michigan Families and Businesses

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), a leader in the fight to save equal access to the internet, today voted for the Senate resolution to reinstate net neutrality rules that guarantee free and open access to the internet for all Americans. The resolution passed the Senate by a margin of 52-47 and now heads to the House for consideration.


“Internet access is not a luxury for people in Michigan; it’s a necessity,” said Senator Stabenow. “Small businesses and farmers shouldn’t have to pay more to sell their products online. Students shouldn’t be put at a disadvantage because the internet in their hometown is slower than somewhere else in the country. Following the Senate’s action today, I’m calling on the House to act now and pass this resolution reinstating net neutrality protections.”


In December 2017, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the Open Internet Order, also known as net neutrality, which prohibited internet service providers from blocking, slowing down, or discriminating against content online. Senator Stabenow sponsored the resolution that the Senate passed today to reinstate net neutrality.