MEPs urge Congress to pass bill to restore net neutrality

Press release

Member of the European Parliament Marietje Schaake (D66/ALDE) with the support of 148 colleagues from across the political spectrum has today sent a letter to the American Congress. Schaake and her colleagues urge Senators and Members of the House to preserve net neutrality. Encouraged by President Trump, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in December voted to repeal net neutrality.  

Schaake: "Internet and the flow of data does not stop at the border and the FCC's decision has a global impact. A reversal of net neutrality rules by the United States is a threat to the open, free and fair internet. The European Parliament has been a vocal proponent of net neutrality rules within Europe. Today we undertake action to also preserve the open internet in the US."  

One more vote

The FCC is set to publish its new rules against net neutrality in the Federal Register in the coming weeks. From that day onwards, the Senate has a 60-day period to block the proposed changes by means of a Congressional Review Act, which requires a majority vote.  

Schaake: "In the Senate, one vote now has the power to save net neutrality. In addition to all 49 Democrats in the Senate, Republican Susan Collins of Maine has already pledged her support to the bill introduced by Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts. The European Parliament is trying to sway at least one more Republican Senator to vote in favour of the bill. Additionally, our letter highlights how the decisions taken on net neutrality by those in the US have global consequences.  

Historic mistake

Schaake: "The Netherlands was one of the first countries to turn net neutrality into binding rules. We then successfully fought to enshrine those rules into European law. While Europe and the United States used to go head to head for net neutrality, the FCC's recent decision goes against everything we have fought for: the open internet, fair competition online and the proper treatment of internet users."