Washington — As a House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee takes a key step in marking up Chairman Mike Doyle’s (D-PA) Save the Internet Act on Tuesday, the Computer & Communications Industry Association urges lawmakers to finally restore strong, nondiscrimination rules for internet access.

Despite widespread support for the Save the Internet Act among businesses, civil rights groups and internet users, there are efforts underway to insert extraneous proposals. CCIA encourages Congress to reject amendments, including those that could undermine FCC enforcement, discourage rural broadband deployment or undermine the Good Samaritan protections in  Section 230 that allow websites to takedown inappropriate content like violent extremism without legal risks.

CCIA has argued that the FCC failed to justify its actions, under Chairman Pai, when it abdicated its role in net neutrality protection. The following can be attributed to CCIA President & CEO Ed Black:

“It is crucial for internet users and businesses that Congress pass a clean bill without amendments or delays. The current House bill restores internet protections that Federal courts have already upheld, so attempts to doctor its language could weaken the FCC’s ability to police online discrimination and are likely to end up with years of additional wrangling by lawyers. In addition, Congress must resist attempts to amend this bill in ways that would affect Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which provides legal protection to businesses’ efforts to stamp out violent extremism online.”

For media inquiries, please contact Heather Greenfield hgreenfield@ccianet.org

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