Duff vows to continue fight for net neutrality

State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25.

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Senate Majority Leader Duff, Rep. Slap, ACLU, Consumer Counsel Call For Action As Net Neutrality Ends


The Trump Administration’s repeal of net neutrality takes effect Monday, June 11th – meaning internet service providers (ISP) will now be able to block and throttle web access to certain sites and create high speed lanes in order to charge users more for access to internet content.

Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) along with Rep. Derek Slap (D-West Hartford), Vice Chair of the Energy & Technology Committee), Connecticut’s Consumer Counsel, Elin Katz, and the ACLU of Connecticut are calling for the following to protect consumers and small businesses:


  • Connecticut’s General Assembly should make the restoration of net neutrality a top priority in the 2018 legislative session, perhaps even sooner if reports of blocking and throttling are substantiated before January 2019.
  • The U.S. House of Representatives should approve the Senate’s bipartisan net neutrality bill which passed last month.


“Here in Connecticut we had an opportunity to protect consumers from this detrimental change to a free and open internet,” said Senator Duff who introduced state level legislation this past session of the General Assembly preserving the principles of net neutrality. “Unfortunately, Connecticut Republicans have marched in lock step with Speaker Paul Ryan and Republicans in the United States House of Representatives in blocking these critical consumer and small business protections. We need hold internet service providers to their commitments not to block websites, throttle speeds, or impose prioritization pricing.”

“Consumers and small businesses must have access to a fair and open internet,” said Rep. Slap. “It won’t be business as usual once the massive telecom companies are able to gouge consumers and increase prices and speeds based on secret contracts and business agreements with other partners. As Vice-Chair of the Energy & Technology Committee I heard firsthand from business owners and consumers asking us to keep the internet working as it has been. Now is the time to take action.”

“No one wants to pay more for what is now the status quo: a free and open internet in which we have equal and uncensored access to content on the internet.  But that is at stake,” Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz said.  “Net neutrality protects us from expensive fast lanes, slow lanes, and all-out blocking of access to websites and information.  Without net neutrality, we will be at the mercy of enormous internet service providers, which as of today, can legally block, throttle, or discriminate against our access to lawful content on the web. This is not the internet that American consumers want or expect, as uncensored access to the unlimited content and opportunities for sharing and public good possible from use of the internet can be the only rational public policy for the advancement of all citizens of the US.”

“Net neutrality is about the principle that internet service providers shouldn’t get to decide what information we see. The end of federal net neutrality protections is a sad day for democracy, free speech, justice, education, health, and small business, but the fight is not over. Congress must act now to  reinstate net neutrality to protect everyday people from a world where internet service providers have too much power to mess with the free flow of information,” said David McGuire, Executive Director, ACLU of Connecticut

“Net neutrality is critical to protecting consumers, small businesses, school systems and others from unfair practices. Without net neutrality, teachers may find that some websites they used to use no longer stream quickly, while others work still work fine – simply because a service provider has ‘throttled’ the site that they don’t favor. With the Trump administration pushing policy in the wrong direction, it’s critical that in Connecticut, we act to protect the public,” said Rep. Andrew Fleischmann (D-West Hartford). “Sen. Majority Leader Bob Duff and House Energy Committee Vice Chairman Derek Slap deserve praise for leading the way on this key issue.”

Several states passed bipartisan legislation this year requiring internet providers to adhere to net neutrality practices but Connecticut is not among them. Senate Bill 2, which passed the senate in May but was never called for a vote in the House, would have protected consumers by ensuring all ISPs register with the state as a utility and pledge to treat all internet content fairly and equally.


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Dave McCarthy June 12, 2018 at 7:16 am

This is typical of a Bob Duff issue. Meaningless, with no real impact, and when nothing happens, he will have an excuse.

By the way…did you have a problem before 2015 with the internet? That’s when this nonsensical rule went into effect. Would you rather your Netflix stuttered, or an email had to wait a quarter second? That’s the most likely sort of change you’ll see…better performance.

PIBerman June 12, 2018 at 9:11 am

Will our esteemed Sen Duff ever “fight to lower State taxes” and curb public Union costs ? Or just continue to “stand up for us” ?

Laura Lamorte June 12, 2018 at 11:10 am

Thank you, Senator Duff and Rep Slap, for continuing to fight for net neutrality on behalf of CT consumers. It was with great disappointment to those of us who are already paying for access to the internet via our ISPs that those providers may now manipulate access via throttling and/or charge us higher rates for the same services CR we were getting when net neutrality guidelines were in place. Hopefully the CT General Assembly will think better at the beginning of the next legislative session and vote to protect consumers over the profits of large corporations. If enough States enact laws at the State level, the U.S. legislature may be motivated to reinstate net neutrality at a national level.

Galen Wells June 12, 2018 at 2:48 pm

Thank you Bob! I am so glad you are fighting to insure net neutrality. This is a very important issue.

Rick June 13, 2018 at 10:50 pm

Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) and Senator Cathy Osten (D-Sprague) wrote to the leaders of the General Assembly’s Energy and Technology Committee asking that they convene an informational public forum to examine Eversource Energy’s seeming lack of proper storm preparedness and lack of a quick, effective storm response in advance of and following the damaging windstorm of October 29-30 which left more than 100,000 Connecticut residents in the dark for multiple days—particularly residents of eastern Connecticut. from Ct Democratic page

On June 1st this year Senator Bob Duff and Eversource Government Affairs Manager Tom Dorsey joined Wall Street Theater Executives Suzanne Cahill and Frank Farricker and Artistic Director Bill Blanks Jr. in accepting the Eversource contribution funding of $1.8 million towards the theater’s preservation and growth.

May 7th Connecticut Senate overwhelming passed a plan that will fundamentally reimagine how the state values the solar energy people generate on their roofs.

But 18 solar companies and environmental advocates that had fought the solar provisions when they were first floated nearly a year ago and lost. Net-metering has long been fought by electric utility companies who have seen it as upending their long-standing profit models.

the Senate voted to terminate one of the most successful solar energy policies in the nation

Thanks Bob, you can fool those who support you but for the ones who dont care to explain the series of games you play with Eversource?

Then again politics at its best something your good at.

Drewt June 14, 2018 at 11:22 pm

It must be election time..Photo-Op Bob doing anything he can to remain relevant. The people of Norwalk have had enough of their Doesn’t Stand Up Senator who does nothing but takes pics, enjoy ice cream and play with the lobsters. Norwalk is desperate for real change and someone who will truly fight for us.

Mark Albertson June 17, 2018 at 10:33 am

Net Neutrality is an issue of extraordianry significance. Since the net,more and more, is becoming a lifeblood for the exchange of information, news, freedom of expression and most importantly, a useful tool for folks to make a living. Having the Net controlled by too few hands is a prescription for disaster. And any attempt to reverse the coming negative effects of the demise of Net Neutrality must be given serious consideration.

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Rick June 27, 2018 at 9:03 pm

Bob is having bad day the unions were hit hard and Bob said this

There can be no doubt that unions helped build and create the middle class in this country,” said state Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, D-Norwalk. “Today’s Janus decision by five activist judges rolled back decades of precedents and continues the Republican dream of dismantling worker rights, breaking the backs of the middle class, furthering the economic divide, deepening the financial insecurity felt by too many families and continuing the covert class warfare of Republican mega-donors.”

Bob check Murphy’s war fund he must of taken a Republican class

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