April 15, 2016
Contact: Chris Schloesser
Edwards Statement on Anti-Net Neutrality Bill
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (MD-4) today issued the following statement regarding her vote against H.R. 2666, the No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act. The bill passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 241-173.
“I oppose this unnecessary and potentially harmful bill that undermines the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Open Internet Order as well as numerous consumer protections,” Edwards said. “The FCC has already stated that they will not be regulating broadband prices, and this duplicative legislation also has the side effect of preventing them from doing things like enforcing agreements making broadband more affordable for low-income families. It goes far beyond its stated intent, severely weakening the FCC’s ability to check monopoly rates and negotiate beneficial merger conditions, and restricting their ability to respond to consumer complaints with enforcement.  
“I have always believed in a free Internet that supports our nation’s entrepreneurs, small businesses, minority and rural communities, and students. I feel strongly that our laws should reflect this principle and guarantee an open and free flow of information for all users.”