June 11, 2018

As net Neutrality Protections Expire, Manchin Calls for Bipartisan Legislative Fix

Washington, D.C. – Today as net neutrality protections expire, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is calling for a bipartisan legislative fix to protect net neutrality and prevent blocked or slow internet traffic and higher prices for popular sites.

“I am disappointed that net neutrality protections for all Americans will end today. Like West Virginians, the internet has always been and should always be free. It’s why they’ve told me that they want an internet that is free of content-based discrimination and support increased reliable, affordable internet access throughout our state. It’s also why I strongly opposed the FCC’s decision to repeal basic net neutrality protections and cosponsored the bill to keep them in place that passed that Senate with bipartisan support last month. Today, I am calling on my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to put partisan politics aside and come together to negotiate a responsible, balanced bipartisan solution that codifies strong net neutrality protections and finally resolves this debate,” Senator Manchin said.

In May, Senator Manchin voted to pass the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would undo the FCC’s decision to repeal of Net Neutrality rules. The CRA passed the Senate, 52-47 but has stalled in the House of Representatives.