Public Knowledge Statement on Waxman Legislation
Public Knowledge Statement on Waxman Legislation
Public Knowledge Statement on Waxman Legislation

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    Earlier today, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman released a statement on the Net Neutrality legislation. The statement is here.

    The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

    “We thank Chairman Waxman and his staff for the many hours of diligent work over several weeks to try to craft rudimentary rules of the road for the Internet. We also observe that this effort would not have been needed had the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) followed through in its responsibility to set national telecommunications policy.

    “We are in full agreement with Chairman Waxman that the FCC must act now to protect consumers by reinstating its authority over broadband. We expect the FCC to do so to carry out one of the fundamental promises of the Obama Administration.  Consumers for far too long have been without the legal protections the FCC can provide. The economy will need the boost that the National Broadband Plan and expanded affordable access to broadband could provide. These will not be possible unless the FCC takes action.

    “We can wait no longer. We expect those members of Congress who argued that it was Congress’ duty to set telecommunications policy would recognize the authority of the FCC in the absence of legislation.”

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