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Beyer Welcomes FCC Net Neutrality Proposal

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Washington, February 4, 2015 | Tia Shuyler (202-225-4376) | comments
U.S. Representative Don Beyer, Northern Virginia Democrat and member of the House Committees on Natural Resources and Science, Space, and Technology, released the following statement today in response to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler’s net neutrality proposal.

“Fair, equal access to the internet should be available to everyone. No Internet Service Provider (ISP) should be allowed to block or degrade access to certain sites, nor serve as ‘gatekeepers or toll-booths’ of the Internet. Companies like Google and Facebook, once small insurgent startups, might never have been able to grow had it not been for fair and equal access to the Internet for everyone, not just big businesses that will pay to gain better access.

“The need to protect mobile Internet access is underscored by the 43 percent of African Americans and 60 percent of Latinos who rely on mobile phones as their primary means of access to the Internet. This is especially true in certain areas of the Commonwealth where there is a lack of access to traditional Internet service providers. This lack of access to the Internet prevents Americans from finding job opportunities, gaining relevant skills, and signing up for health care coverage,” said Rep. Beyer.

Chairman Wheeler’s proposal would reclassify broadband as a Title II service, cover wireless networks with net neutrality rules, and apply those rules to connectivity deals.

“Net neutrality through Title II classification and mobile-broadband parity will ensure that current and future initiatives to bridge the digital divide are not undermined or discouraged,” Beyer added.

Find more information about Chairman Wheeler’s proposed Open Internet Order, which will be considered by the Commission at its February 26, 2015, here.
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