Legislators renew efforts to protect net neutrality for Minnesotans

Legislators from the Senate and House held a press conference this week to announce their commitment to protecting Minnesota consumers in response to the 2017 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reversal of net neutrality. Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source and without favoring or blocking specific products or websites.

By incorporating these consumer protections, internet companies would be prohibited from charging businesses, individual consumers, and educational institutions for the convenience of faster speed support for their websites and ensure that websites with less traffic or the financial ability to pay for faster speed support are protected.

The internet is an essential service for all Minnesotans. The decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to hinder open internet protections will place many Minnesotans at an unfair economic and educational disadvantage, harm small businesses, and reduce Minnesota’s ability to compete in an ever-growing global market.

The House companion of the bill had its public hearing in the House Commerce Committee this week. There has not yet been any indication on when the Senate version of the bill will receive its day in committee. (SF 317)