11.21.17

Rep. Takano: Repealing Net Neutrality Benefits Corporate Giants, Hurts Everyone Else

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) issued the following statement in response to reports that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to completely repeal the net neutrality rules, which requires internet service providers to treat all internet traffic equally.

“A fair and open internet is critical to supporting innovation, promoting entrepreneurship, and protecting consumers from being exploited by large internet service providers. Repealing the net neutrality rules undermines each of these goals in order to pad the profits of large telecom corporations.

“At a time when an exclusive segment of our society is amassing an unhealthy share of wealth and power, it is outrageous that we would give them license to determine who does and who does not have unfettered access to the internet.  

“Thankfully, there are legal and legislative avenues to defend and preserve an equal playing field for entrepreneurs, small businesses, and consumers. I strongly support exploring all opportunities – in Congress and in the courts – to prevent this harmful decision from taking effect.” 

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