WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) filed the Open Internet Preservation Act today to protect consumers by preventing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from slowing down and controlling web content. The legislation also creates transparency by requiring ISPs to make public their terms of service. The House companion of this bill was introduced last year by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.).
“Some cable companies and content providers aren’t going to be happy with this bill because it prohibits them from blocking and throttling web content. They won’t be able to micromanage your web surfing or punish you for downloading 50 movies each month. This bill strikes a compromise that benefits the consumer,” said Sen. Kennedy. “If the Democrats are serious about this issue and finding a permanent solution, then they should come to the table and work with me and Rep. Blackburn on these bills. Does this bill resolve every issue in the net neutrality debate? No, it doesn’t. It's not a silver bullet. But it's a good start.”
“Sen. Kennedy brings leadership and focus to this discussion of preserving a free and open internet. I appreciate his work and his attention to this issue. Title II 1930s era regulation was a heavy handed approach that would stifle innovation and investment. This legislation will go a long way toward achieving the goal of protecting consumers,” said Rep. Blackburn.