Trump-Appointed FCC Hacks Voted this December 14th to Repeal Consumer-Friendly Federal Internet Rules
News from the Buffalo, New York Office of U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins
Posted December 14th, 2017 on Niagara At Large
(A Brief Forward Note from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper – NAL is posting this news, circulated by the Congressman’s Buffalo office late this December 13th because yes, it is reported by some experts on the Canadians side of the border, that this could end up hitting Canadian consumers of internet services in the pocket too. Whether the bill the Congressman is sponsoring will still do any good, given that the Trump administration has moved this December 14th to gut net neutrality remains to be seen. American news outlets are reporting that there will likely be court challenges to the Trump move.)
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is cosponsoring The Save Net Neutrality Act (H.R. 4585) a bill, introduced by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, prohibiting the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from proceeding through the process of repealing Net Neutrality rules.
“Consumers not corporations should be in control of individual internet access,” said Congressman Higgins. “Fair and equal access to an open internet is a consumer right that deserves protection and one that maintains a level playing field for all, including those accessing the web for business and educational purposes.”
Existing Net Neutrality rules prohibit internet providers from blocking, prioritizing and charging extra for content or throttling back on the speed at which content is provided. The FCC is scheduled to vote on a roll back of Net Neutrality policies at its meeting on December 14, 2017.
Higgins supported the FCC’s actions in 2015 to protect Net Neutrality. In addition to supporting the Save Net Neutrality Act, Higgins co-signed a letter led by Congressman Mike Doyle, Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee, calling for the measure to be removed from the FCC’s agenda.
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