Cicilline Says He Will Do “Whatever It Takes” to Stop Net Neutrality Proposal
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Ending Net Neutrality would allow cable or phone companies to decided which websites, content or applications would be available.
Cicilline serves as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee.
Read The Statement Below
"When working families pay their internet bill, they expect to get what they pay for: access to the entire lawful internet, not just portions of it.
President Obama understood this. He recognized the importance of preserving net neutrality—the principle that consumers should get access to the entire lawful internet at the speed they pay for—by prohibiting blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization of consumers' access to the internet.
Under the Obama administration, the FCC imposed strong protections to prevent internet service providers from slowing or blocking access to certain websites, or requiring payment to speed up traffic to consumers. The Obama administration's commitment to net neutrality empowered consumers and kept internet service providers from gouging their customers for high-speed internet access to their favorite websites.
President Trump, however, is choosing to give even more power to large corporations at the expense of consumers. The Trump FCC's proposal to reverse President Obama's action is a disaster for working people.
If the Trump FCC, led by Chairman Ajit Pai, gets their way, it will allow internet service providers to slow-down consumers' access to certain sites and even block them altogether. There will be no rules preventing internet service providers from balkanizing the internet by charging different rates for consumers to access to email, social media, news, movies, and any other services. It will mark the end of open, unrestricted access to the internet, and a new era where only the wealthy and well-off can enjoy full online access.
I plan to do whatever it takes to stop this proposal. And I encourage the American people to join in this fight. Call 202-418-2000, or email [email protected], and let FCC Chairman Pai know you won't support this terrible decision."
Related Slideshow: GoLocal: Benchmark Poll, October 2017
Next year, in November of 2018, there will be a statewide general election for Governor and many other state offices. How likely is it that you will vote in this election?
Will you definitely be voting, will you probably be voting, are you 50-50...
Definitely be voting: 78%
Probably be voting: 13%
What would you say is the number one problem facing Rhode Island that you would like the Governor to address?
Jobs and economy: 21%
State budget: 9%
Corruption/Public integrity: .8%
Don’t know: .9%
Recently, a proposal has been made to permit the issuance of $81 million in bonds by the State to build a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox. If there was an election today on this issue, would you vote to approve or reject issuing $81 million in financing supported moral obligation bonds to build the stadium?
Net: Approve: 28%
Definitely approve: 15%
Probably approve: 14%
Net: Reject: 67%
Probably reject: 19%
Definitely reject: 48%
Don't know: 4%
The next question is about the total income of YOUR HOUSEHOLD for the PAST 12 MONTHS. Please include your income PLUS the income of all members living in your household (including cohabiting partners and armed forces members living at home).
$50,000 or less: 27%
More $50,000 but less than $75,000: 13%
More $75,000 but less than $100,000: 13%
More $100,000 but less than $150,000: 17%
$150,000 or more: 13%
Don't know/refused: 17%
What particular ethnic group or nationality - such as English, French, Italian, Irish, Latino, Jewish, African American, and so forth - do you consider yourself a part of or feel closest to?
Black or African American: 6%
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