Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

Walden: Real net neutrality is bipartisan -- Save the Internet Act is not

April 4, 2019
Press Release

Walden: Real net neutrality is bipartisan -- Save the Internet Act is not

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today penned an op-ed about why a bipartisan solution to net neutrality is the best path forward to protect consumers, innovation, and an open internet. 

Real net neutrality is bipartisan -- Save the Internet Act is not

By Representative Greg Walden

Net neutrality is a bipartisan issue in Congress. Despite the overheated rhetoric and the political talking points, Democrats actually agree with me and my Republican colleagues on the key net neutrality parameters that protect a free and open Internet for consumers. 

Democrats agree with Republicans that  Internet traffic should not be blocked. There is bipartisan support for prohibiting the blocking of legal content on the Internet.

Democrats agree with Republicans that Internet service providers (ISPs) should not be allowed to impair or degrade lawful internet traffic on the basis of content, a practice also known as throttling. There is bipartisan support for prohibiting the throttling of legal content on the Internet.

And Democrats agree with Republicans that ISPs should not engage in paid prioritization, the practice of creating fast lanes that favor some lawful Internet traffic over other lawful Internet traffic. There is bipartisan support for prohibiting paid prioritization on the Internet.

These three protections -- no blocking, no throttling, and no paid prioritization -- are known as “bright line” rules for net neutrality, and they are supported by Republicans and Democrats alike in Congress.  These common sense consumer protections could become law.

Click here to read Rep. Walden's full op-ed online.

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