SPOKANE, Wash.—Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers faced criticism from voters for supporting the FCC’s plan to rescind net neutrality.
Net neutrality is the principle that internet providers have to give equal access to all legal content.They can’t block certain websites, or provide faster speeds to certain types of content.
McMorris Rodgers told KREM 2 that she would push for legislation in Congress to codify net neutrality protections, including rules against throttling and blocking of content.
“I’m excited about what it has meant to consumers and to our economy. I don’t want to see blocking and throttling. We need to make clear what the rules of the road are going to be. But the proposal the FCC moved forward with is not the right approach,” said McMorris Rodgers.
McMorris Rodgers said she has reached out to people on both sides of the aisle and they all seem to come to the same conclusion.
“We largely agree on what the goals are. That we want an open and free internet,” said McMorris Rodgers.
McMorris Rodgers said that representing a more rural community makes it important to her to close the digital divide.
The FCC is expected to vote on net neutrality rules next week.