Consumers Union, the policy and mobilization arm of Consumer Reports, writes regarding Senate consideration of SB 1200 sponsored by Senator Jim Rosapepe. This measure, if passed, would provide some necessary protections for consumers when it comes to the companies that provide internet service. In light of the recent vote by the U.S. Congress to nullify the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) broadband privacy rules, which would have given consumers better control over their data, we support this state-level action to protect consumers. While consumer broadband privacy may not be sufficiently protected at the federal level, states like Maryland can act now to protect their residents and provide necessary privacy safeguards and controls for consumers. We urge you to vote yes on SB 1200.