Eastern Shore lawmakers respond to net neutrality vote

DELMARVA - Local lawmakers respond to Thursday's net neutrality vote. A Delmarva Senator imitates the possible effects of the vote in his response via Twitter.

On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to reverse the net neutrality rules with a 3-2 vote, in Washington DC. Net Neutrality rules provide equal access to the internet. Ultimately, the vote could allow companies to play favorites regarding websites and apps.

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Elected officials representing citizens of Delmarva responded to Thursday's vote:

In a statement, Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) says, " I am deeply concerned by the FCC's move to strike Obama-era net neutrality protections, despite strong support among Americans for internet freedom. I firmly believe Congress, not the FCC, should take up the mantle in determining how to preserve and protect net neutrality. We need to do it in a way that promotes choice and fairness for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and everyday Americans, while paving the way for economic growth and marketplace innovation. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find a legislative fix that strikes that very balance."

Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released a statement saying, " American consumers, students, seniors, innovators, small businesses, families, and individuals are going to be forced to pay more for less freedom and less access thanks to the three Republican commissioners' giveaway to the big Internet Service Providers (ISPs), which include Chairman Ajit Pai's former employer.  The ISPs want to control who can access what content on the internet when and at what speeds. The internet is a public utility and the FCC has now put consumers at a grave disadvantage. This is not freedom for consumers, as net neutrality envisioned. This is bowing to corporate interests, once again, which seems to be emblematic of the Trump administration. Congress must take action to reverse this decision which allows ISPs to charge more for access and speed, or throttle back on speeds, or even lock out small content providers. This is a dangerous step in corporatizing a public utility. Even more important, this is a dangerous step in suppressing the free flow of information that is the lifeblood of our democracy."

Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) responded in tweets via Twitter.

Senator Kaine mimics the possible effect of the repealed rules in a prolonged tweet saying, " Thanks to 
this vote
one day 
it may 
this long
for this 
or you 
get to 
see it 
at all. 
Horrible step backwards for a free and open internet."

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