Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Votes Against Effort to Undermine Net Neutrality
April 15, 2016
Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) released the following statement today after voting against H.R. 2666, the No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act:
“For over 20 years, the Internet has broken down information barriers, expanded access to critical information and services, fueled innovation, and redefined our country and our world. In today’s digital age, free, open, and equal access to the internet is not only essential to upholding our democratic principles, it is critical to healthcare, education, employment, and so much more. I strongly oppose H.R. 2666, and any legislation that undermines the principles of universal, affordable, and nondiscriminatory internet access. If signed in to law, H.R. 2666 would limit the ability of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to investigate attempted breaches of net neutrality and weaken their authority to enforce free and open internet access. While I am disappointed that this legislation passed in the House today, I will continue to do all that I can to protect American consumers from attempts to create special treatment for a privileged few.”
H.R. 2666 passed in the House today by a vote of 241-173.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has strongly supported net neutrality, and has cosponsored legislation like H.R. 196, the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act of 2015, which would prohibit multi-tiered pricing agreements between Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and content providers.