Representative Susan Wild Signs on to Net Neutrality Discharge Petition
Washington D.C.—This week, Representative Susan Wild signed on to the discharge position introduced by Congressman Mike Doyle (PA-14) to force a vote in the House on H.J.Res.129, legislation that would overrule the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) action to overturn the open internet order. Upon signing the petition, Representative Susan Wild (PA-15) emphasized the importance of Net Neutrality and the educational and economic opportunities provided with open internet access:
“The internet is an essential tool for education, business and innovation,” said Representative Susan Wild. “Free and open internet access helps close the achievement gap for students and ensures that everyone has an equal chance to get ahead. We must restore Net Neutrality rules to ensure an equal playing field through free and open internet. I urge my colleagues who have not yet signed onto the discharge petition to do so and push this bill to the floor.”
A study by the American Community Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that access to internet is particularly disparate in the Lehigh Valley. Nearly 1 in 4 Allentown households have no internet subscription, and about 1 in 5 households in Bethlehem do not. In Portland borough, 35 percent of households have no internet subscription. Poverty is a key factor in households not being able to pay for an internet subscription as well. In Easton, only 44 percent of households with an income less than $20,000 have a broadband subscription.