Free Press to FCC: It’s Time to Act

For Immediate Release

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Josh Stearns, 413-585-1533 x204

Free Press to FCC: It’s Time to Act

WASHINGTON - On
Tuesday, Free Press filed comments with the Federal Communications
Commission as part of the agency’s long-running open Internet
proceeding.

Free Press Policy Counsel Aparna Sridhar made the following statement:

“The basic answers in the open Internet debate have not changed, and
the FCC now has more than enough information to move forward to
preserve Net Neutrality. Efforts in Congress are stalled, and leaders
in both the House and Senate have already called on the FCC to reassert
its authority over broadband and protect Internet users. The longer the
FCC delays action on Net Neutrality, the longer the public will be left
unprotected.

“There is only one Internet, regardless of how you choose to access it.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski himself has recognized that although
wireless and wireline connections may have different technical
characteristics, they are different roads to the same place, and that
we must preserve the openness of the Internet as a whole. The FCC
should not cave to pressure from wireless service providers and carve
up the Internet, leaving Americans to choose between an open wired
network and a closed wireless one.

“We also echo the concerns the chairman expressed last fall that
so-called ‘specialized services’ not be allowed to supplant the free
and open Internet. The FCC cannot allow this hypothetical category of
services to be used as a loophole to undermine open Internet
protections. Phone and cable companies shouldn’t be allowed to write
their own rules and build a two-tiered Internet with fast and slow
lanes.

“The FCC must act now to make clear, meaningful open Internet rules,
and re-establishing the agency’s authority over broadband is a
necessary first step. FCC action to protect the open Internet, consumer
choice and free speech online is long overdue.”

Link to Free Press comments: http://www.freepress.net/files/FP_Comments_wireless_and_managed_services_10_12_2010.pdf

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