Eshoo Statement on Net Neutrality Decision
October 1st, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) released the following statement regarding the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Mozilla v. FCC:
“Today’s decision by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is a missed opportunity to overturn the FCC’s partisan and unnecessary repeal of net neutrality protections. This is an unfortunate loss for all Americans and the future of the internet. Thankfully, the decision allows states to protect net neutrality, and I’m proud that California has passed the strongest net neutrality law in the nation.
“I’m calling again on the Senate to pass the Save the Internet Act, a simple, three-page bill to restore net neutrality as the law of the land. The House passed the bill earlier this year, and now it’s time for Congress to act since the FCC and the courts have failed to do so.”
Rep. Eshoo has long championed a free and open internet. In Mozilla v. FCC, Rep. Eshoo and Senator Markey filed an amicus brief signed by over 100 Representatives and Senators urging the court to overturn the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order. This amicus brief was referenced in the court’s decision.
Two of the central parties in this case, Mozilla Corporation and Santa Clara County, are in California’s 18th Congressional District, which Congresswoman Eshoo represents in the House. Santa Clara County sued the FCC over the lack of public safety considerations in its Restoring Internet Freedom Order because an internet service provider throttled the data speeds of the Santa Clara County Firefighters while they were fighting the worst fire in California history. The court’s ruling provides a significant victory for the county, ordering the FCC to revise its regulations to account for public safety.