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For Immediate Release

Jenn Ettinger, Media Coordinator,
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Free Press Lauds House Leaders for Supporting Open Internet


senior members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee outlined a
set of open Internet principles in a letter to Federal Communications
Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski. The letter, from Reps. Edward
Markey (D-Mass.), Jay Inslee (D-Wash.), Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Mike
Doyle (D-Penn.), specifically addresses the Google-Verizon pact, and
calls on the FCC to reassert its authority over broadband to protect
Internet users.

Free Press Political Adviser Joel Kelsey made the following statement:

"Free Press applauds the Energy and Commerce Committee
members for openly expressing support for FCC Chairman Julius
Genachowski's 'Third Way' proposal today. With their letter, Reps.
Markey, Inslee, Eshoo and Doyle have taken a courageous stand for the
American public by voicing their concern with the dangers of allowing
industry to write its own rules.

"The Google-Verizon pact underscores the urgency with which
the FCC must act. The industry titans are trying to convince
policymakers in Washington to look the other way while carving up the
Internet among a few big companies. Their policy proposal would leave
consumers, innovators and entrepreneurs unprotected. The FCC must act
swiftly to reassert its authority and define broadband as a
telecommunications service, re-establishing the legal framework to
create sound policy and to protect Net Neutrality once and for all."

Free Press was created to give people a voice in the crucial decisions that shape our media. We believe that positive social change, racial justice and meaningful engagement in public life require equitable access to technology, diverse and independent ownership of media platforms, and journalism that holds leaders accountable and tells people what's actually happening in their communities.

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