Net Neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers (ISPs) must allow users to access to all internet content regardless of content’s creator, must not favor any particular content, and must not prevent users from accessing any particular content. This principle has allowed individuals from all parts of the globe to freely share ideas and content with one another via the internet. This freedom, however, is now under attack. ISPs are lobbying the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to dismantle net neutrality protections. Imagine being unable to access your favorite blog, video channel, or social network. Imagine being unable to buy products from your favorite online retailer. Imagine being unable to post your thoughts or ideas on an online forum, or even communicate with your friends and family via your prefered email provider. Without net neutrality protections, ISPs will have the ability to fully control which content users are allowed to access – effectively ending the online freedoms we not only cherish but depend on. To make matters worse, this year Congress passed and President Trump signed legislation allowing ISPs to sell your browsing history to anyone who wants to buy it, without your permission (Senate Joint Resolution 34) – a blatant violation of privacy.
The internet is currently treated as a public utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. The FCC is currently looking to change this classification with the goal of obliterating Net Neutrality protections. Should they succeed, I will introduce legislation to overturn their decision and maintain the internet’s Title II status. I will also support House Resolution 1868 – Restoring American Privacy Act, introduced by Representative Jacky Rosen (D-NV), which will overturn Senate Joint Resolution 34 and prevent ISPs from selling the browsing history of internet users.