CHICAGO – In light of the recent expiration of the Obama-era net neutrality rules, which ensured open and equal access to the internet, state Rep. Jaime Andrade, D-Chicago, is urging action on the state and federal level to stop the roll back of net neutrality.

“I am displeased that the FCC, which is tasked with protecting consumers from potentially harmful businesses practices in the communications industry, has sided with big business by rolling back important protections,” Andrade said. “The internet has become a basic and integral part of our daily lives, leading many people to rely on it for a multitude of functions. The FCC’s ruling and Congress’ inaction threatens its continued use as an accessible tool for many to access information and services.”

Andrade, who serves as Chair of the House Cybersecurity Committee, introduced House Bill 5094 which would require internet service providers to publically disclose their network management practices as well as their commercial terms so consumers may make informed decisions when choosing a provider. His bill would also prohibit providers from engaging in what is known as “paid prioritization,” which is blocking, slowing down, degrading or otherwise favoring internet content for the benefit of outside parties.

Andrade also is a chief co-sponsor of House Bill 4819, which would encourage internet service providers to maintain net neutrality rules by prohibiting state contracts with providers who engage in paid prioritization.

“It is imperative that we do everything we can to make sure corporate greed does not allow for a system of price-gouging which pushes out working families who cannot afford to pay more for their internet,” Andrade said. “I urge Congress to take up the matter and counteract the FCC’s ruling, and I pledge to continue working to protect the residents of our state from moneyed interests.”

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