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 CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? Collins backs having Mueller testify Graham says he's 'not interested' in Mueller testifying MORE (R) and Angus KingAngus Stanley KingAngus King: 'Mueller passed the obstruction question to the Congress and Barr intercepted the pass' Hillicon Valley: Washington preps for Mueller report | Barr to hold Thursday presser | Lawmakers dive into AI ethics | FCC chair moves to block China Mobile | Dem bill targets 'digital divide' | Microsoft denies request for facial recognition tech Dems introduce bill to tackle 'digital divide' MORE (I), as well as Rep. Chellie PingreeRochelle (Chellie) PingreeHillicon Valley: US files criminal charges against Huawei | Facebook unveils new plans to crack down on misinformation | Ocasio-Cortez hits tech giants over event with climate skeptics Overnight Energy: Trump hits Venezuela's state-owned oil company with new sanctions | EPA boasts of 2018 accomplishments | Ocasio-Cortez presses tech giants on climate Ocasio-Cortez presses top tech firms over conference that included climate-change skeptics 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 PoliquinMaking the case for ranked-choice voting The 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority Maine governor certifies Dem's win in disputed House race, but calls it 'stolen election' 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.”