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The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:
“Today, House Communications Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden and Sen. Dean Heller made public legislation they said would ‘reform’ the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
“The result of this legislation, however, would be to gut the agency and its stated purpose of protecting the public interest. The bills would rewrite the Communications Act, substituting the concepts of private interests, principally large telecommunications companies, for that of the public interest.
“Nothing in the Communications Act requires that regulations be dependent on failure of markets, or of excessive burdens on industry. While some burdens are inevitable, the protection of the public interest should be paramount.