Update on net neutrality: Senate filing petition

May 9, 2018

It's been over six months since Trump's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal net neutrality protections, threatening the internet as we know it. Since then, I joined my colleague Rep. Mike Doyle to introduce legislation that will overturn the FCC's wrongheaded decision.
We're also coordinating with the Senate. Today, Senators are filing a petition to force a vote on this legislation. I’m hopeful that this action by the Senate will get the ball rolling in the House.
I have long supported net neutrality and the right to a free and open Internet. The 2015 FCC decision under President Obama to treat broadband internet access as a common carrier service was spot on. That decision ensured that the internet remained an open platform for everyone. 
By rolling back net neutrality protections, Trump's FCC is allowing large corporations to control your access to the internet, giving them the power to censor or slow down any content they want. Internet Service Providers will now be able to act as gatekeepers, slowing or blocking legal content, picking winners and losers, and creating a fast lane for few while leaving everyone else behind.
While several states, including Oregon, are putting forth their own net neutrality protections, the freedom of our internet depends on federal action. I will continue to work with my House and Senate colleagues to ensure that Americans have an internet where all individuals, small businesses, and large companies are able to equally compete.


Earl Blumenauer

Member of Congress