(Washington, DC) – One week after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to reverse the 2015 rule to reclassify broadband internet as a Title II Common Carrier service, Representative Steve Knight (R-CA) joined as an original cosponsor of H.R. 4682, the Open Internet Preservation Act. Led by Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), H.R. 4682 would amend Title I of the Communications Act to prohibit broadband internet providers from blocking or impairing any lawful internet content, application, or service.
In addition, this bill would maintain transparency requirements adopted by the FCC and create a formal complaint procedure for the FCC to address allegations of violations in a timely fashion.
“An equal and open internet is vital to protect small business, foster innovation, and deliver the best quality products and services to consumers. If you pay for a specific internet speed, you should be able to use that data transfer rate how you best see fit.” said Rep. Knight “This bill will address many of the concerns I shared with Chairman Pai before last week’s vote. I want to thank Congresswoman Blackburn for her leadership in introducing this bill and I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance this into law.”
“We must stop this this political ping pong of changing internet rules from one administration to the other.” said Rep. Blackburn “That is why I introduced the Open Internet Preservation Act. This bill will ensure there is no blocking and no throttling on the internet, and will make sure the internet is an open and fair marketplace. We need light-touch regulation, and stability for the internet.”
The Open Internet Preservation Act was introduced on December 19, 2017 and was referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.