Green Leads Letter to FCC Chairman on Net Neutrality
(Washington, D.C.)— Today, Congressman Gene Green, and 19 other Democratic Members of Congress sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler in response to recent reports that the FCC will consider regulating broadband Internet as a Title II, common carrier service under the Communications Act of 1934. Chairman Wheeler is set to release the FCC’s official plan to regulate broadband networks on Thursday, May 15, 2014. Congressman Gene Green released the following statement in response:
“We commend the FCC for the work they’re doing to achieve a free and open Internet for Houstonians and Internet users around the country where they can access websites of their choice, and which remains affordable for everyone. With so much at stake, we want ensure that regulation is done right. A strict, utility-type regulation under Title II—created to regulate telephone services in the 1930’s—simply won’t work for this new, innovative, ever-evolving technology. Reclassification of Internet broadband as a common carrier could have adverse consequences on an industry that creates hundreds of thousands of jobs, and is an economic driver for our nation. It would even jeopardize America’s place as the global leader in the Internet Ecosystem.
This is about protecting Internet freedom, driving innovation, and advancing the best possible outcome for consumers. That’s why we’re pleased to be joined by 19 other Members in making an open internet for our constituents a top priority.”
On May 14, 2014 Representatives Gene Green (D-TX), John Barrow (D-GA), Sanford Bishop (D-GA), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Bobby Rush (D-IL), Corrine Brown (D-FL), Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Bill Owens (D-NY), Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), Albio Sires (D-NJ), Nick Rahall (D-WV), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Marc Veasey (D-TX), Lacey Clay (D-MO), Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Scott Peters (D-CA), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), and David Scott (D-GA) sent a joint letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler opposing plans to reclassify broadband Internet as a Title II, common carrier service. Please find the letter attached.