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Schatz Statement On FCC Rulemaking On Safe Connections Act

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D- Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, today released the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission announced it was taking up proposed rules to implement the Safe Connections Act, a new law authored by Schatz that will help survivors of domestic violence and other crimes cut ties with their abusers and separate from shared wireless service plans, which can be exploited to monitor, stalk, or control victims.

“Giving domestic violence abusers control over their victims’ cell phones is a terrifying reality for many survivors. Right now, there is no easy way out for these victims – they’re trapped in by contracts and hefty fees. This is the first step to implementing our new law, and I look forward to working with the FCC to put together strong rules that will help survivors get out of these shared plans and help victims stay connected with their families and support networks.”