Lawmakers React To Controversial Bill

Alpha Media's Ryan Piers

Local lawmakers are reacting to a controversial new internet bill.

Congress sent President Trump legislation that could allow internet providers to sell your browsing habits to customers.

“This is doing nothing but commercializing our own personal information and what we do at home and what we do in our own time and it is really absurd that this thing passed,” Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-17) said on WMBD’s Greg & Dan Show.

The legislation would kill online privacy regulations, a move that could eventually allow internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell customers’ browsing habits.

The Federal Communications Commission rule prohibiting the practice, issued in October, was designed to give consumers greater control over how internet service providers shared information. Critics said the rule impeded innovation while favoring certain internet companies.

Bustos worries the privacy of internet users will be infringed upon if the bill is signed into law.

“Think about what we do online,” she continued. “If you have an illness, you may search the internet to find out what is going on with your own illness, or your spouses or your children. This is information to be sold to the highest bidder.”

She hopes voters will flood the inboxes and voicemails legislators, urging them to stand against the legislation.

“It is nothing more than picking big, corporate interest over the everyday, average American,” she said.

Congressman Darin LaHood (R-18), who supported the legislation, provided 1470 & 1003. WMBD with the following statement:

“This resolution is about rolling back unfair and duplicative regulation imposed in the 11th hour of the Obama Administration and restoring opportunity for the internet to grow and innovate. Large corporations like Facebook and Google already dominate the market for utilizing data and search history. This resolution eliminates a rule that arbitrarily treats internet service providers differently from the rest of the Internet and creates a more level playing field for internet service providers to participate in the marketplace. This resolution restores longstanding and consistent consumer protections and promotes competition for internet innovation. The bottom line is that nothing changes for consumers. We are keeping flawed rules imposed from the previous Administration from actually going into effect.”

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