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Eshoo Statement on FCC’s Vote to Eliminate Net Neutrality Protections

December 14th, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C— Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee released a statement today after the Republican Federal Communications Commission voted to scrap all net neutrality protections.

“FCC Chairman Ajit Pai fulfilled his promise today to destroy the free and open Internet, but tomorrow the battle commences. It’s clear that the Chairman’s idea has been rejected in the court of public opinion with tens of millions of Americans weighing in. Now the issue will be judged in the courts. Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and I will be leading an Amicus Brief for the anticipated litigation very soon.

“The net neutrality rules currently in place have advanced competition and innovation and have created more startups and entrepreneurs. Investment in the online ecosystem has thrived, with innovative new apps and more buildout of broadband. The rules have worked well and eliminating them hurts businesses, creators and consumers alike.

“Organizations from A-Z oppose Chairman Pai’s proposal and support the current rules. That list includes over 1,200 startups, 200 online companies, over a dozen state Attorneys General, over sixty Mayors across the country, 52 civil and human rights organizations, 120,000 libraries, 41 small Internet providers, more than 900 online video creators, 22 of the pioneers and technologists who contributed to creating the Internet itself, and the tens of millions of Americans who continue to weigh in every day. Even Congressional Republicans are now coming out saying that these rules need to be preserved.

“A free and open Internet is essential to prosperity and improving the quality of life for all Americans, and it must be protected. I look forward to continuing this fight.”

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