You can watch the full recorded hearing here. Rep Soto’s comments start at 01:41:20.
Yesterday, the House Communications and Technology subcommittee met to discuss net neutrality legislation that could completely overturn the FCC’s net neutrality repeal. The bill is called the Save the Internet Act and net neutrality supporters are pushing lawmakers to pass it.
During the hearing Rep. Soto called the bill “an opening offer” and went on to say “…there will be an opportunity for amendments. I for one am open to amendments,” which strongly suggests that he and other Democrats are open to modifications from telecom-backed Republicans on the committee.
Since Rep. Soto was one of the bill’s original Democratic co-sponsors, it’s hard to see this as anything other than a back door effort to water down the bill or add Big Telecom-approved loopholes.
The message from net neutrality supporters has been simple: pass a clean bill out of committee to keep this a simple up or down vote on restoring strong net neutrality rules. They have the votes to do this. They don’t need to mess around and invite watering down from the other side.
He needs to hear from his constituents right now. Call him and tell him to stand up for his constituents and support the Save The Internet Act as is without amendments.
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