Lofgren applauds FCC Chairman Wheeler's proposed rules to govern broadband service

February 4, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) issued the following statement today after Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed new rules to govern broadband service:

"The record breaking number of comments received by the FCC left no doubt that the public supports strong net neutrality rules. I'm pleased Commissioner Wheeler has recognized that public sentiment today and put forward a good plan to use Title II authority to implement and enforce open internet protections.

"These protections, including bans on blocking, throttling, or prioritizing Internet traffic based on source, application, or content, will bolster innovation and self-expression across the nation and around the world. Large technology companies, small app developers, movie and television writers, public advocacy organizations, and the public at large all stand to benefit from a free and open internet.

"Additionally, I am pleased the Chairman has put forth a plan that emphasizes restraint – forbearing from regulations unnecessary for achieving an open and competitive internet.

"I look forward to a swift consideration of the Chairman's proposal by the full Commission."

Lofgren wrote to the FCC last October calling on the Commission to reclassify broadband internet access service under Title II with regulation strictly limited to net neutrality.