Lofgren Signs Discharge Petition to Force Vote on Net Neutrality Protections
WASHINGTON, DC - This week, U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) signed a discharge petition to force a vote to restore net neutrality protections. The petition was filed a day after the United States Senate voted on a bipartisan basis to overturn a Federal Communication Commission (FCC) order to end net neutrality.
"Reversing the FCC's unwise order to end net neutrality is our best chance to preserve and guard the internet as we know it," said Lofgren. "Speaker Ryan and House Republicans have refused for six months to debate restoring net neutrality that the Trump Administration dismantled in December. The Senate has acted to protect the internet, now the House should follow suit."
In the face of Republican inaction, House Democrats have proposed a detailed plan to:
- Safeguard the open Internet through strong net neutrality protections;
- Ensure nationwide, competitive broadband options for consumers and small businesses; and
- Bring broadband to every neighborhood, school and farm.
"It is essential to American innovation, entrepreneurship, and investment in broadband across the nation and around the world that rules are in place to prevent the practices of blocking legal content, throttling, or prioritizing Internet traffic based on source, application, or content," Lofgren continued. "Large technology companies, small app developers, movie and television writers, public advocacy organizations, and the public at large all stand to gain from a free and open internet."
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