Connecticut Democrats slammed the Federal Communications Commission’s decision Thursday to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules that require internet service providers to treat all websites and content equally.
Some states have already said they plan to sue the federal government over the regulatory rollback — which opponents argue will will create an internet where ISPs could block or slow certain content and charge websites more for faster load times — but Connecticut is not yet among them.
Sen. Chris Murphy explained it like this: “Imagine if the power company could decide which of your appliances got steady, reliable electricity while all other products suffered from low power and blackouts. Or if the water company could throttle back your water supply if they thought your shower was too long.”
“This action has made a mockery of consumer protection at the expense of our economy,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal. “It will disastrously disadvantage small businesses. It threatens the internet’s incredible success and persistent innovation. And it will harm consumers with higher prices and lower speeds.”
State Comptroller Kevin Lembo attended the 2015 FCC vote where the regulations where adopted, “guaranteeing Americans have equal access to the essential economic and social benefits of a fair and open internet,” he said.
“Today’s repeal of net neutrality threatens to shrink economic opportunities for Connecticut families and businesses – and grow the gaps in income, education and equality,” he said.
Supporters of repealing net neutrality say the regulations are burdensome and have stifled much-needed infrastructure expansion.
The FCC received hundreds of thousands of comments from Connecticut ahead of the vote, most opposed to the repeal.