Public Knowledge Statement on Net Neutrality Rules

September 23, 2011 ,

The Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet rules were published today in the Federal Register, to take effect on Nov. 20.

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

“We are pleased that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules to protect an open Internet have been published.  Although we wished they could have been stronger, we believe that the rules approved by the Commission are a good start to making certain consumers and innovators are protected from the power of large telephone and cable companies to remake the Internet to suit favored partners.  We are prepared to vigorously defend the FCC’s rules in court and in Congress.

“Congress should allow the litigation to move forward to resolve intricate legal issues without political interference.

“We also note that the companies providing Internet access services have informally abided by a neutrality policy since the FCC acted. In that time, the Internet has not come crashing down and the government has not taken control over it.”