U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin
Press Release

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Senate Effort to Force Vote on Net Neutrality

Discharge petition will require vote on resolution to overturn Federal Communications Commission’s decision and restore Net Neutrality Rules

By - May 9th, 2018 12:57 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined a Senate effort to file a discharge petition to force a vote under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) on a resolution that would overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to repeal net neutrality rules. All 49 members of the Senate Democratic caucus support the resolution, along with Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine). Only one more vote is needed in the Senate to pass a resolution and send it to the House of Representatives.

“When the FCC voted to roll back net neutrality rules, it opened the door to allowing internet service providers to create an uneven playing field in the online marketplace for services and ideas, and give big corporations greater access to the internet than small businesses and entrepreneurs,” said Senator Baldwin. “We must overturn this decision and ensure that the internet does not become a two-tiered system, with fast lanes for those who can afford it and slow lanes for those who can’t. Net neutrality is a principle that is at the heart of an accessible and free internet, and I believe we need to protect innovators, entrepreneurs and consumers and keep the internet open for everyone. It’s time to restore net neutrality rules.”

In December, the FCC rescinded the 2015 Open Internet Order, which prohibited internet service providers from setting up internet fast and slow lanes and ensured they could not block or slow down internet traffic. The CRA resolution, led by Senator Markey (D-MA) and cosponsored by Senator Baldwin, would reverse FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s action and fully restore the Open Internet Order.

The discharge petition is available here.

Mentioned in This Press Release

Recent Press Releases by U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Helps Reintroduce Legislation to Create State Public Health Care Option

State Public Option Act will allow states to create a Medicaid buy-in program for all their residents, regardless of income

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Legislation to Protect Americans with Pre-existing Conditions

Bill would stop Trump Administration scheme to promote “junk” health plans that lack protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions and would increase costs for millions of Americans

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin, Debbie Stabenow and Sherrod Brown Introduce Legislation to Expand Medicare and Reduce Health Care Costs

"Wisconsinites have sent a clear message to Washington that they want us to work together to expand access to health care and lower costs."

Leave a Reply

You must be an Urban Milwaukee member to leave a comment. Membership, which includes a host of perks, including an ad-free website, tickets to marquee events like Summerfest, the Wisconsin State Fair and the Florentine Opera, a better photo browser and access to members-only, behind-the-scenes tours, starts at $9/month. Learn more.

Join now and cancel anytime.

If you are an existing member, sign-in to leave a comment.

Have questions? Need to report an error? Contact Us