February 3, 2014
Consumers Union Supports Lawmaker Efforts to Restore Net Neutrality Rules
WASHINGTON – Legislation introduced today in the House and Senate would restore key “net neutrality” rules recently overturned by a federal appeals court. The bills, introduced by Senator Ed Markey and Representatives Henry Waxman and Anna Eshoo, would allow the FCC to reinstate the two rules struck down as the agency develops a new policy approach to address the issue.
Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports, applauded the effort to ensure the Internet remains an equal playing field for all interests.
Delara Derakhshani, policy counsel for Consumers Union, said, “No consumer should pay more or be stuck with slower speeds because their provider picks winners and losers among sites and services. The legislation announced today would restore the equal, essential balance and access that the Internet was built on. As the FCC considers all of the ways to address the problem permanently, we would strongly urge them to consider reclassifying the Internet as a telecommunications service.”