Fiedler introduces net neutrality bill to protect consumers (with video)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 22 – State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., this week introduced legislation that would protect Pennsylvanians’ internet use.

House Bill 544 would make it illegal for internet service providers to block lawful internet content, impair internet traffic or engage in any other activities that negatively affect the web experience of Pennsylvania residents.

“Most people get their internet access from a handful of big companies, including AT&T, Comcast and Verizon. Under current law, the company you pay for your internet service could prevent you from going to a competitor’s website, interfere with speech that criticizes the company, or even block your access to a union website during a labor conflict at work,” Fiedler said. “We rely on the internet for so much of our communication with work, school, government and family, and for financial transactions including purchases and bill paying. We need to protect our equal access to information on the internet.

In December 2017, the Federal Communications Commission voted to dismantle the rules of net neutrality, which is the expectation that the company people pay for internet service will treat all data on the internet equally.

House Bill 544 was referred to the House Consumer Affairs Committee.