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SENATE MAJORITY LEADER

Bob Duff

Standing Up For You!

Senate Democrats Pass Net Neutrality Protections and Reject Trump Administration's Rollback

Despite the united opposition of every Republican member of the chamber, Connecticut Senate Democrats led passage (18-18 with Lieutenant Governor Wyman casting the tiebreaking vote) of a strong consumer protections bill reinstating net neutrality protections that were rolled back this winter by President Donald Trump’s hand-picked chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Net neutrality

Without net neutrality, internet providers will be able to control and decide which websites and content appear on the internet. That can slow competitors or block any political content with which they disagree. Internet Service Providers will also be able to charge extra money to support the content of the few companies that will be able to pay. That hurts small business and consumers.

Earlier this legislative session, Senate Democrats introduced legislation charging the Public Utility Regulatory Authority with regulating the provisions of net neutrality and prohibiting internet service providers in Connecticut from throttling consumer internet speeds, blocking certain websites or imposing prioritization pricing.

The Trump administration’s discarding of net neutrality rules represents a dangerous rollback of consumer protections. Preserving open internet is good for Connecticut’s businesses, startups, students and consumers. I am proud that Connecticut is joining other states like Washington and Oregon in leading the fight for a fair, open and accessible internet.