Rolling back FCC rule needs explanation

Congressman Rob Wittman, I request your help in understanding these matters.

Please explain your "Yes" vote on S.J. Res 34, which killed implementation of the Federal Communication Commission's rule "Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services."

As I understand it your "yes" vote stops a privacy protecting rule which would have required an internet service provider to get a consumer's consent before collecting his or her personal and private information. Thus your constituents will now have lost the possibility of maintaining their personal privacy while on the Internet. Without that rule, our internet service providers can capture and sell the social and other websites we visit, the apps we use, and even some of to private communications. Gutting these privacy rules fundamentally undermines our cybersecurity by making our sensitive personal information vulnerable to hackers and identity thieves.

In explaining your "Yes" vote, please provide details of how your vote will be beneficial to your constituents.

Thanks for your help and understanding.

I will see your name at the polls.

Jim Knupp


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