Langevin Votes to Restore Free and Open Internet

Apr 10, 2019 Issues: Cybersecurity

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), released the following statement after voting in favor of the Save the Internet Act, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 232-190. The legislation would restore the Open Internet Order, an Obama-era net neutrality regulation that was repealed by the Federal Communications Commission in December 2017.

“In 2017, President Trump’s handpicked FCC chair chose to gut the net neutrality rules that protected the public online. The Save the Internet Act will reverse this decision and once again provide fair and equal Internet access to all, not just the highest-bidders.

“This legislation restores important protections to prevent consumers from being subjected to blocking, slowed-down service and other discriminatory actions by their Internet service providers. By restoring these protections, we are ensuring the Internet can continue to facilitate the free-flow of information and catalyze new ideas and innovation.

“Control over the Internet needs to be returned to the people. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to support this bill and join our fight to the save the net.”