McCaskill Votes to Keep Net Neutrality, Restore Consumer Internet Safeguards
Senator was critical 30th co-sponsor of effort that brought legislation to a vote
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today voted to support the restoration of critical net neutrality rules that provide consumer internet safeguards. McCaskill previously joined this effort as the key 30th co-sponsor, giving the legislation the necessary number of backers to force today’s vote on the Senate floor.
“In today’s day and age, access to the internet isn’t a luxury—from schools to businesses to healthcare, it’s become a critical part of everyday life—and Missourians have been loud and clear that they want free and open access to the online content of their choosing, and safeguards to prevent providers from limiting that access,” McCaskill said. “Today’s vote is an important step in restoring those protections, and in bringing much-needed certainty to consumers.”
McCaskill is a strong supporter of ensuring the internet is free and open for Missouri consumers and small businesses. Last December, highlighting the concerns of thousands of Missourians who submitted public comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the thousands more who contacted her office directly, McCaskill urged the agency to keep its current net neutrality rules in place and scrap efforts to eliminate them.
McCaskill’s December letter to the FCC also cited her bipartisan investigation with Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio into the customer service and billing practices of the nation’s largest cable and satellite providers, most of which are also among the nation’s largest providers of broadband service. McCaskill expressed concerns that the changes to net neutrality rules would eliminate the FCC’s ability to adopt truth in billing rules for broadband that currently exist for cable and phone companies.
McCaskill has urged the Federal Communications Commission to protect consumers on a variety of issues—fighting to protect consumers from unwanted robocalls by urging the Commission to do more to implement robocall-blocking technologies, and urging action to prevent fraud in Lifeline, a program that provides subsidized telephone and broadband service to low-income Americans, but has been a target for abuse.