Lofgren applauds Open Internet rules

February 26, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) passed new rules to protect net neutrality and an open internet:

"Today's FCC vote is a victory for a free and open internet. More than four million public comments received by the FCC left no doubt the public supports strong net neutrality rules. Today it is apparent the Commission listened to the overwhelming grassroots public sentiment.

"These new protections, including reclassification of broadband services under Title II authority, will likely face years of litigation by incumbent telecom and cable opponents. However, I am convinced that these rules comprise the strongest approach to preserving and guarding the internet as we know it. With this vote, the FCC has finally recognized – as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia did a decade ago – that classifying broadband as anything other than a telecommunications service is "an implausible reading of the statute, [that] exceeded the authority given it by Congress." It is also important to note that the rules set forward today emphasize restraint and forbear from burdensome regulations unnecessary for achieving an open and competitive internet.

"Banning the practices of blocking legal content, throttling, or prioritizing Internet traffic based on source, application, or content, will bolster innovation, entrepreneurship, and investment in broadband across the nation and around the world. Reclassification will also provide a measure of stability in broadband that has been lacking for many years, and grant new broadband competitors right of way access reducing deployment costs of innovative new technologies like fiber optic broadband. Large technology companies, small app developers, movie and television writers, public advocacy organizations, and the public at large all stand to gain from today's vote.

"Finally, I'm also pleased the FCC chose to remove municipal broadband barriers to competition today. This decision will be indispensable in allowing greater access to broadband in areas with inadequate or nonexistent service."

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.

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