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For Immediate Release

Amina Fazlullah
Media & Telecommunications Counsel
Office: (202) 546-9707 x336

US PIRG Disappointed to See Senate Republicans Bowing to Telecom Lobbyists


from Amina
Fazlullah, Media and Telecommunications Counsel
for U.S. Public Interest Research Group, on Senator
Kay Bailey Hutchison's (R-TX) amendment to block the Obama
administration's attempt to impose formal net neutrality rules

"Despite the
commitments made by the FCC and the President, Republican members of the Senate
have introduced a measure that would prevent FCC action on Network Neutrality
and leave consumers on the Internet vulnerable to unfair and discriminatory

"U.S. PIRG was
disappointed to see that Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and other Commerce
Committee Republicans have chosen to introduce an amendment that would punish
the FCC for exploring the important issue of a fair and open Internet. The
amendment attached to the Interior Appropriations bill will be taken up in
Congress this week."

U.S. PIRG, the federation of state Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), stands up to powerful special interests on behalf of the American public, working to win concrete results for our health and our well-being. With a strong network of researchers, advocates, organizers and students in state capitols across the country, we take on the special interests on issues, such as product safety,political corruption, prescription drugs and voting rights,where these interests stand in the way of reform and progress.