McAdams amendment to net neutrality bill supports enforcement against illegal content

April 12, 2019
Press Release

Washington DC—Congressman Ben McAdams voted for the “Save the Internet Act of 2019” – H.R. 1644, and added an amendment stipulating that the bill would not prohibit internet service providers (ISPs) from blocking unlawful content, such as child pornography. McAdams’ amendment was adopted unanimously.

“The internet has been an important tool for education, innovation and economic growth but it has also, unfortunately, been exploited by criminals who would harm our children. My amendment makes clear that an open and free internet doesn’t stop efforts to identify and prosecute the law-breakers,” said McAdams.

The legislation would reinstate net neutrality rules from the prior administration.  Those rules, adopted by the Federal Communications Commission in the 2015 Open Internet Order, reclassified broadband internet service a “common carrier” service subject to more oversight than less-regulated “information services.”  The rules prohibit ISPs from blocking or slowing consumers’ connections based on the source of content.

McAdams said the bill is supported by public interest groups including Consumer Reports, New America’s Open Technology Institute and the National Hispanic Media Coalition.