Maine lawmakers denounce FCC plan to end net neutrality

Maine lawmakers denounce FCC plan to end net neutrality
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Three members of Maine's four-member congressional delegation said Friday that they oppose efforts led by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to undo net neutrality rules put in place under the Obama administration.

Maine Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsPoll: More voters oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination than support it Feinstein's office says it has received threats over Kavanaugh Ford taps Obama, Clinton alum to navigate Senate hearing MORE (R) and Angus KingAngus Stanley KingRestoring our national parks would be a bipartisan win for Congress Restore our parks Renaming Senate office building after McCain sparks GOP backlash MORE (I), as well as Rep. Chellie PingreeRochelle (Chellie) PingreeHouse votes to overhaul fishery management law Congress can level the playing field for small farmers ‘Let food be thy medicine’ MORE (D) told the Bangor Daily News on Friday that they would oppose the FCC's moves ahead of a vote next month.

“[The internet is] a vital part of 21st century life and a critical driver of a modern economy,” King said in a statement. “The proposed repeal of net neutrality threatens those advancements by putting speed and availability of information for sale to the highest bidder.”

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“Internet providers must not manage their system in an anti-competitive way that limits consumers’ choices,” a spokeswoman for Collins said in a statement.

Pingree said in a statement to the Daily News that Pai's decision was “plain wrong” and said it could create “fast and slow lanes based on who can afford it.”

Maine's other congressman, Rep. Bruce PoliquinBruce Lee PoliquinOvernight Health Care: Arkansas scraps Medicaid for thousands | Uninsured rate steady in Trump's first year | GOP counters ObamaCare attacks with talk of Medicare GOP uses Sanders’s Medicare plan in attacks on Democrats GOP lawmaker urges people to wear New Balance instead of Nike over Kaepernick deal MORE (R), didn't respond to requests from the Daily News, but has voted in favor of ending the Obama-era rules in the past.

Net neutrality rules passed by the FCC in 2015 prohibit internet service providers from providing faster service to companies that agree to pay more, which proponents say stops large companies from throttling internet traffic to smaller competitors.

Pai announced this week that the FCC would vote to overturn those rules in December.

“Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the internet,” Pai said in a statement. “Instead, the FCC would simply require internet service providers to be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plan that’s best for them.”