Markey: FCC Action on Net Neutrality Needed to Ensure a Free and Open Internet
One year since FCC’s net neutrality rules invalidated, Senator continues call to reclassify Internet broadband access under Title II
Washington (January 14, 2014) – It has been one year since the D.C. Circuit Court invalidated the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) previous net neutrality rules, and today, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) renewed his call for the Commission to reclassify broadband Internet access under Title II of the Communications Act, enabling the Commission to put the strongest anti-discrimination rules on the books. Today, Senator Markey’s website is covered with a symbolic “loading” icon to illustrate what an Internet with slow and fast lanes would look like.
“With President Obama today announcing major broadband expansion efforts, the need to ensure an unfettered, open Internet through strong net neutrality rules has never been clearer. All Internet traffic should be treated equally. We should not allow the big broadband companies to divide the Internet into slow and fast lanes, harming entrepreneurs, innovators and consumers. Net neutrality ensures that the best ideas, not the best-funded ideas, can get heard and seen through the unique online alchemy of links, likes, clicks, shares and tweets. Without a truly open Internet, America will be closed to innovation.
“The best way to protect the openness of the Internet is to reclassify broadband under Title II. The FCC has clear authority to take this action, and the Commission should act without delay. I will continue to join with my colleagues here in the Senate to fight for an open and non-discriminatory Internet because the future of our economy depends on it.”