Washington (February 3, 2017) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, released the following statement today after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rescinded a framework for protecting consumers from harmful zero-rating plans. In response to Senator Markey’s inquiry in November, then-FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler developed a comprehensive framework for evaluating whether zero-rating plans abide by the critical net neutrality protections established in the Open Internet Order.

“It is clear that net neutrality is public enemy number one for Chairman Pai, and he is starting his campaign by protecting harmful zero-rating plans. Zero-rating plans can allow ISPs to favor their own content while putting everyone else at a competitive disadvantage.  Instead of siding with big corporations, Chairman Pai and the FCC should explore how to fully enforce the Open Internet Order and ensure a free and open internet for everyone.”