In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted the
Open Internet Order
to protect Internet users from ISPs throttling traffic, censoring content,
and imposing unfair fees. But just a few years later, a new chairman of the FCC
killed net neutrality
by repealing the Open Internet order. It’s clear that we can’t count on unlected
bureaucrats to consistently defend our online freedoms, and we can’t rely on the
courts to overrule disastrous policy decisions, either. We need strong legislation
to protect net neutrality for as long as the Internet exists.
The Save the Internet Act of 2019
is a simple, three-page bill that would restore the Open Internet Order
enshrining net neutrality into law. Plain and simple. Read it for yourself below,
then contact your Congressional lawmakers to urge them to suport this important
S. 682 – The Save the Internet Act
To restore the open internet order of the Federal
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the “Save the Internet Act of 2019”.
SEC. 2. RESTORATION OF OPEN INTERNET ORDER.
(a) DEFINITIONS.—In this section—
(1) the term “Commission” means the Federal Communications Commission, and
(2) the term “rule” has the meaning given such term in section 804
of title 5, United States Code.
(b) REPEAL OF RULE.—The Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order, and Order in
the matter of restoring internet freedom that was adopted by the
Commission on December 14, 2017 (FCC 17–166) shall have no force or effect.
(c) PROHIBITION ON REISSUED RULE OR NEW RULE.—The Commission may not
reissue the Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order, and Order described in
subsection (b) in substantially the same form, or issue a new rule that
is substantially the same as that Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order,
and Order, unless the reissued or new rule is specifically authorized by
a law enacted after the date of the enactment of this Act.
(d) RESTORATION OF REPEALED AND AMENDED REGULATIONS.—The following are
restored as in effect on January 19, 2017:
(1) The Report and Order on Remand, Declaratory Ruling, and Order in the
matter of protecting and promoting the open internet that was adopted by
the Commission on February 26, 2015 (FCC 15–24).
(2) Part 8 of title 47, Code of Federal Regulations.
(3) Any other rule of the Commission that was amended or repealed by the
Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order, and Order described in subsection (b).