ACLU Comment on Introduction of Legislation to Restore Net Neutrality

February 27, 2018 11:15 am

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WASHINGTON — Congress introduced legislation to restore protections for net neutrality today under the Congressional Review Act.

The CRA allows Congress to overturn agency actions with which it disagrees — in this case, restoring the protections against discrimination by internet service providers the Federal Communications Commission rescinded late last year.

Jay Stanley, senior policy analyst with the American Civil Liberties Union Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, had the following reaction:

“It’s hard to imagine a better or more popular use for the CRA than restoring network neutrality. Net neutrality is overwhelmingly popular across the country — recent polling shows 83 percent of voters support net neutrality, including 75 percent of Republicans, 89 percent of Democrats and 86 percent of independents. Twenty-seven states have introduced net neutrality bills, and the governors of five states have already signed net neutrality executive orders. The ACLU strongly supports the introduction of this measure to undo the FCC’s evisceration of our network neutrality protections, and we urge Congress to send the bill to the White House, and President Trump to sign it, as quickly as possible.”

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