NORWALK, Conn. – Connecticut Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff announced that he will introduce net neutrality legislation next year after the Federal Communications Commission rolled back national net neutrality regulations on Dec. 14.
Duff, a Democrat who represents Norwalk and Darien, announced that he will introduce the legislation during the 2018 legislative session of the Connecticut General Assembly.
“Small businesses and consumers will be the biggest losers as a result of the FCC’s damaging discarding of net neutrality rules,” said Duff. “Preserving open internet is good for Connecticut’s businesses, startups, students and consumers.”
The net neutrality rules were adopted during the Obama administration, and were designed to prevent internet service providers from speeding up, slowing down or blocking content or websites. Duff said the legislation he plans to introduce will hold companies to their commitments not to block websites, control speeds or impose prioritization pricing. It will also establish a process for ISPs to certify that they will not engage in practices inconsistent with net neutrality principles.
Duff said he will also include language in his legislation to hold companies accountable for warranties made to consumers, as well as amend Connecticut's consumer protection laws to include the principles of net neutrality.
Additionally, Senator Duff will seek to include language in his proposed legislation to hold companies accountable for warranties made to consumers as well as amend Connecticut’s consumer protection laws to include the principles of net neutrality.
“It is disturbing but not all surprising that once again the Trump Administration appointees have voted against the interests of everyday Americans. You don’t need to be a psychic to predict that the cable giants will raise rates, block content and potentially slow down services for residents across Connecticut," Duff said. "While there is no substitute for federal regulation, we will work at the state level to try mitigate the consequences of this week’s decision.”
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