Democrats introduce Tenneseee Net Neutrality bill

Democrats introduce their Net Neutrality bill at a press conference in Nashville on Jan. 23, 2018. From right are Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris, Rep. John Ray Clemmons, and Rep. Dwayne Thompson. (Photo credit: Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Democrats introduce their Net Neutrality bill at a press conference in Nashville on Jan. 23, 2018. From right are Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris, Rep. John Ray Clemmons, and Rep. Dwayne Thompson. (Photo credit: Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Press release from legislative Democrats on HB1755:

NASHVILLE, TN – In the wake of the FCC’s recent vote to repeal net neutrality regulations, State Representative John Ray Clemmons (D-Nashville) and State Senator Lee Harris (D-Memphis) have introduced the “Tennessee Net Neutrality and Internet Consumer Protection Act” to enact and enforce net neutrality rules at the state level.

State legislators in Washington State, New York, California and Massachusetts have introduced similar legislation in recent months.

“Our legislation will protect consumers, ensure equal access to information, foster opportunity for innovation, and ensure a level playing field for our startup community,” said Rep. John Ray Clemmons. “A free and open internet is crucial to growing our economy statewide.  Tennessee has the most resourceful, innovative, and hardest working folks around, and they deserve an equal opportunity to participate in the 21st-century economy.”

“The Internet is almost a public utility at this point.  Everyone deserves equal and open access,” said Sen. Lee Harris “This move by the Trump administration hurts consumers, innovators, and our small businesses. The legislation we have filed will ensure that Tennessee stays on the path of creative entrepreneurship.”

 

 

10 Responses to Democrats introduce Tenneseee Net Neutrality bill

  • James White says:

    NO, Less Government, even at the state level is best. Let the Free Market handle this Non-problem.

  • Darryl says:

    Net neutrality is NOT what the term says… AND these liberals want to have the government TELL U what U can see or not see>>> or pay or not pay!!!

    • Jane Smith says:

      No Darryl, and your other brother Darryl, the cable companies that want to charge you more to access certain sites, that they pick and choose, the same way you buy cable, and they’re funding GOP candidates, not Democrats. You couldn’t be more wrong if you tried to be.

      • Dr. Katherine Arenz says:

        Yep…this is NOT something you should believe the Repubs nor most of other political idiots on….

        You will not You LIKE watching videos on that independent site??? Forget it. Only the big guys will get o show you what they want you to see…well rather what someone has paid them to allow you to see….but keep on trying to think…

  • Leslie Parsley says:

    YES. Lee and Clemmons are doing the right thing and looking after consumers. I hope the citizens of Tenn. will support them and not listen to the propaganda from the right. We cannot allow cable companies to control our Internet content, while providing rotten customer service at exorbitant prices – the WORST in the entire world. Oh, and let’s don’t forget the slow speeds. Plus, residents should have more choices of which company they want to have ripping them off. This includes apartment dwellers.

    Anyone who says repealing net neutrality is a non-issue either doesn’t know what they’re talking about or they’re paid dupes of the cable companies and your representatives who worked overtime on their own behalf – not yours.

  • John Crest says:

    This bill has zero chance of passing. Political grandstanding is a election year.

  • Len says:

    Yes. Net neutrality is better for consumers and is not a way to regulate what you see and don’t see. Net neutrality simply means all traffic on the ‘net is treated the same way.

  • Tom Hardin says:

    Yes go for it we need strong consumer protection and net neutrality is critical to our future thh

    • Amy Teague says:

      Thank you for protecting Tn. I can barely afford my cable, and if internet gets bundled this way we can’t afford it. I’m a single mom raising my granddaughter and she is in first grade. We all need access to the internet.

  • Elizabeth Barger says:

    We are the government when we do our civic duty and realize our power. Don’t let the 1% take over because they have more dollars. When we get together, we have more people, and that is powerful.

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