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Higgins cosponsors Save Net Neutrality Act


Wed, Dec 13th 2017 06:45 pm
FCC scheduled to vote on repeal of consumer-friendly federal internet rules
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-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," Higgins said. "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 Thursday.
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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