Press Release

Walden Statement on Democrats’ Government Takeover of the Internet Bill Passing the House


04.10.19

WASHINGTON, DC – Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act:

“We all want an open and free internet – a permanent solution to ensure this phenomenon continues to power opportunity and innovation. Unfortunately, Democrats refused to work in a bipartisan way to achieve that goal. Their solution is not real net neutrality. Net neutrality does not require a government takeover of the internet. And everyone knows their bill will never become law.”

Background:

At the beginning of this Congress, Reps. Walden, Bob Latta (R-OH), and Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-WA) offered a menu of options, bipartisan legislation that focus on the three bright lines – blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization. This approach maintains a free and open internet without giving the federal government near unlimited and unchecked authority.

Republican leaders also wrote a letter to Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) requesting the Subcommittee work together to create a bipartisan law.

It is important to know, in 2010, Rep. Frank Pallone wrote a letter to the FCC Chairman, saying:

“Classifying broadband Internet access as telecommunications services that are subject to the provision of Title II of the Communications Act may have far reaching implications…to reclassify these services is to create uncertainty – something that is sure to adversely affect investment decision and job creation, both of which are in short supply right now.” The letter would go on to say, “This is a job for Congress.”

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