Communications & Technology Subcommittee to Markup Legislation to Restore Net Neutrality
Washington, D.C. – Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA) announced today that the Communications and Technology Subcommittee will hold a markup on Tuesday, March 26, at 10 am in the John D. Dingell Room, 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. The Subcommittee will markup legislation to restore critical net neutrality protections that were repealed by the Trump Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
“The Save the Internet Act restores critical net neutrality protections and puts a cop back on the beat at the FCC to defend consumers against abusive and discriminatory practices by internet service providers,” Pallone and Doyle said. “We look forward to considering this legislation in the Subcommittee and bringing a free and open internet back to the American people.”
The Subcommittee will consider the following bill:
H.R. 1644, the “Save the Internet Act of 2019,” introduced by Rep. Mike Doyle, would enact the three legacy net neutrality principles – no blocking, no throttling and no paid prioritization – and empower the FCC to prohibit unjust, unreasonable and discriminatory practices. The legislation would also ensure consumers can make informed decisions when shopping for internet plans and restore the FCC’s authority to fund broadband access and deployment, particularly for rural communities and struggling Americans. The Save the Internet Act would codify the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order in a similar manner to last year’s Congressional Review Act that passed the Senate and had bipartisan support in the House.
Information for this markup, including the Committee Memorandum, electronic copies of the legislation, and a link to the live webcast will be posted HERE as they become available.