Stabenow, Peters Introduce Legislation to Reinstate Net Neutrality

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today introduced legislation to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s 2017 decision to repeal net neutrality rules. The “Save The Internet Act” ensures that all Americans have access to a free and open internet. Companion legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives.


“Access to the internet is not a luxury, it is a necessity,” said Senator Stabenow. “People in Michigan depend on reliable, high-speed internet to run their businesses, get an education, and succeed in their daily lives.”


“Access to an open internet is crucial for entrepreneurs, small business-owners, students and families across Michigan,” said Senator Peters. “I’m proud to support legislation to restore net neutrality protections, which will reinstate rules of the road that will keep the internet, free, open and competitive.”


The Senate passed legislation reinstating net neutrality in the last Congress, but it was not taken up by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. In 2017, the FCC repealed rules that prohibited internet service providers from blocking, slowing down, or discriminating against content online. Repealing these net neutrality rules could lead to higher prices for consumers, slower internet traffic, and even blocked websites.