FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 22, 2018
CONTACT: Rep. John Ray Clemmons
Seek to ensure equal and open access to Internet, protect consumers and ensure fair business environment.
NASHVILLE, TN – In the wake of the FCC’s recent vote to end net neutrality, State Representative John Ray Clemmons (D-Nashville) and State Senator Lee Harris (D-Memphis) have introduced the “Tennessee Net Neutrality and Internet Consumer Protection Act” to enact and enforce net neutrality rules at the state level. State legislators in at least four other states have introduced similar legislation in recent months.
“Our legislation will protect consumers, ensure equal access to information, foster opportunity for innovation, and ensure a level playing field for our startup community,” said Rep. John Ray Clemmons. “A free and open internet is crucial to growing our economy statewide. Tennessee has the most resourceful, innovative, and hardest working folks around, and they deserve an equal opportunity to participate in the 21st-century economy.”
“The Internet is almost a public utility at this point. Everyone deserves equal and open access,” said Sen. Lee Harris “This move by the Trump administration hurts consumers, innovators, and our small businesses. The legislation we have filed will ensure that Tennessee stays on the path of creative entrepreneurship.”
A copy of the proposed legislation can be found here.
State Representative John Ray Clemmons represents District 55 in the Tennessee House of Representatives. Follow him on Twitter at @JRClemmons and Facebook at @johnrayfortn.
State Senator Lee Harris represents District 29 in the Tennessee Senate and serves as the Minority Floor Leader. Follow him on Twitter at @SenDemLeaderTN.