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Backroom Industry Deals Shouldn't Determine Future of the Internet


Responding to reports that the Federal
Communications Commission held a closed-door meeting with industry
representatives to broker a deal on the future of the open Internet,
Free Press President and CEO Josh Silver issued the
following statement:

"It is stunning that the FCC would convene meetings between
industry giants to allow them determine how the agency should best
protect the public interest. The Obama administration promised a new era
of transparency, and to 'take a backseat to no one' on Net Neutrality,
but these meetings seem to indicate that this FCC has no problem
brokering backroom deals without any public input or scrutiny.

"It is odd that the FCC would even think it is appropriate
to be brokering such a deal, given the agency's authority is in
jeopardy. Without reasserting its legal authority over broadband, the
FCC can't implement whatever unlikely consensus is reached by these
industry giants. The FCC must abandon this misguided effort and follow
through with its plan to re-establish its legal authority to promote
universal access and protect the open Internet."

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