Public Knowledge Praises Markey Net Neutrality LegislationMay 2, 2006
For Immediate Release
Earlier today, Representative Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced legislation that would require the Federal Communications Commission to enforce “Net Neutrality.”
The following statement is attributable to Gigi B. Sohn, president of Public Knowledge:
“We applaud Representative Markey for continuing to fight for an open and vital Internet. His legislation recognizes that the cable and telephone companies are threatening to take over the Internet, and that strong non-discrimination policies are needed to prevent them from limiting consumer choice and favoring their own content and services. At the same time, the bill preserves the rights of network operators to manage those networks, and maintains a range of choices for consumers.
This bill, along with a companion bill we expect to be introduced today in the Senate, demonstrates that the momentum is shifting towards strong, enforceable net neutrality protections. We look forward to working with our industry and nonprofit allies, as well as with the growing number of grass roots supporters of net neutrality, to make this legislation a part of any larger telecommunications reform package in the House.”
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