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Eshoo Statements on Proposed FCC Net Neutrality Rules and Adoption of Spectrum Auction Rules

PALO ALTO, Calif.—Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, issued the following statements regarding actions taken by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today:

On FCC’s Proposed Net Neutrality Rules:

“For the third time in the past decade, the FCC today debated and proposed new net neutrality rules to keep the Internet an open platform that tests the limits of our collective imagination—including launching a business, communicating with family, or sharing ideas.

“If the Internet is to continue to thrive, the proposed rules must be strong enough to prevent online gatekeepers from creating fast and slow lanes, and stand on strong legal ground to avoid yet another round of legal challenges. Tens of thousands of Internet users have weighed in leaving no doubt that this is what innovators want, what consumers want, what I want, and what should be.

“In order to implement the strongest protections for an open Internet, I specifically welcome the Commission’s consideration of a stronger legal framework—Title II—that reclassifies broadband as a common carrier.

“I’m committed to working with the FCC to see that a free and open Internet is preserved for generations to come.”

On Adoption of Spectrum Auction Rules:

"Today the FCC took an unprecedented leap forward in fulfilling Congress' vision for the world’s first voluntary incentive spectrum auction. At a time of skyrocketing wireless use, more licensed spectrum for mobile broadband means consumers will be able to stream HD video and download their favorite mobile apps faster and more reliably. At the same time, the FCC's action rightfully recognizes the importance of a nationwide block of unlicensed spectrum as a platform for new innovation, including the next generation of Wi-Fi.

“I commend Chairman Wheeler for his leadership in crafting a balanced set of rules that will raise the necessary funds for FirstNet; advance new unlicensed innovation; and ensure a competitive bidding process where wireless companies of all sizes will have an opportunity to acquire the most valuable, beachfront spectrum."

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