Press Release

Statement of Public Knowledge On Collapse of FCC Talks

August 5, 2010 , , ,

Earlier today, FCC Chief of Staff Edward Lazarus announced that the multiparty talks discussing a framework for an open Internet had been called off.

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

“The path before the Federal Communications Commission is now perfectly clear.  It must act to ensure that consumers are protected, that everyone can have access to broadband and that the Commission has the authority to ensure and open and non-discriminatory Internet.  It can do that simply by acting on the dockets now pending before the Commission.

“We were concerned about the negotiations because they were largely restricted to the biggest industry players.  The FCC now can use the comments and public views submitted to it as a basis for its decisions, as the Commission should have done all along.”