Free Press Blasts ‘Partisan Fishing Expedition’

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Free Press Blasts ‘Partisan Fishing Expedition’

WASHINGTON - On Thursday, House Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Communications Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.), and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission seeking information about the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules passed in December.

Free Press President and CEO Craig Aaron made the following statement:

"This is a poorly researched, blatantly partisan fishing expedition. It cites the thoroughly debunked and ridiculous notion pushed by the group Judicial Watch that routine, publicly documented ex parte contacts between Free Press and Commissioner Copps' office were somehow nefarious. If that's what these congressmen call coordination, then Congress should be far more concerned with the agency's coordination with powerful companies like AT&T, which shaped the final Net Neutrality rules that Free Press roundly criticized. Better yet, the leadership in the House should focus more on policies that will protect free speech online and lower consumers' bills through real competition, instead of wasting taxpayer resources with attempts to score cheap political points with the fringe or do political favors for their deep-pocketed corporate benefactors."

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