For Immediate Release
Josh Stearns, 413-585-1533 x204
FCC Set to Move Forward with Fake Net Neutrality
WASHINGTON - In a statement Monday, Federal Communications Commissioner Michael
Copps announced that he would vote to move forward FCC Chairman Julius
Genachowski’s so-called Net Neutrality rules. The announcement appears
to give the chairman the three votes necessary to pass his order.
Free Press Managing Director Craig Aaron made the following statement:
“We are deeply disappointed that this Commission appears to be moving
forward with deeply flawed rules that don’t live up to the promises of
the president or the FCC chairman to protect the free and open Internet.
These rules appear to be flush with giant loopholes, and the FCC
chairman seems far more concerned with winning the endorsement of
AT&T and the cable lobbyists than with listening to the millions of
Americans who have pleaded with him to fix his proposal. This
short-sighted decision is all too familiar to those who have watched the
Obama administration and its appointees squander the opportunity for
real change in favor of industry-written compromises that reward the
biggest players from Wall Street to health care and now the Internet.
There is overwhelming public support for real Net Neutrality, and this
setback won’t stop those fighting to save the Internet."
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