Dec 1, 2010: Markey Statement on Draft FCC Net Neutrality Order

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a longstanding proponent of net neutrality and author of the first ever net neutrality bill, issued the following statement following today’s release by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski of a draft net neutrality order:

I commend Chairman Genachowski for taking this important next step towards preservation of a free and open Internet. Before the order is finalized, there are several elements that I believe should be included to ensure that the final order protects consumers, spurs investment and job creation, fosters innovation and promotes the free flow of ideas.

“An explicit ban on paid prioritization is needed to retain the ability of all Internet users to communicate and compete on a level playing field, preventing the emergence of fast and slow lanes that have been contrary to the nature of the Internet since its creation. Additionally, a common policy framework for wireless and wireline broadband services should be a core component of the final open Internet order so that consumer protections are not determined by whether a user accesses the Internet via a fixed or mobile connection.  It is essential that the Commission has the authority necessary to enforce the elements of its order. While I support the reclassification of broadband Internet access services under Title II, I look forward to further details and discussion about how the Commission proposes to ensure that it is on solid legal footing without such reclassification. 

“The Internet’s rules of the road must not open up E-Z pass lanes only to those who can pay, leaving others stuck in traffic or limping along at a snail’s pace.

“I look forward to working with Chairman Genachowski, as well as with Commissioners Copps, Clyburn, McDowell and Baker as they consider the Chairman’s proposal, toward the goal of ensuring that the Internet’s openness and vitality is celebrated and safeguarded for all users for generations to come.”