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Schrader Statement on FCC Chairman’s Announcement on Net Neutrality

Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) released the following statement on net neutrality ahead of the FCC’s vote slated for December 14th:

“As a long-time supporter of net neutrality, I am incredibly disappointed with Chairman Pai’s decision to roll back net neutrality rules with no plan to ensure equal and open access to the internet for all Oregonians. Throughout this process it’s become abundantly clear that the public is overwhelmingly in support of enforceable protections to ensure an open internet. Unfortunately, as long as Congress continues to pass the buck to the FCC, net neutrality protections will continue to hang in the balance at the discretion of whichever party is in the White House and thus controlling the FCC. This is untenable. When I talk to my constituents about this issue they have certain expectations: fairness and competition in the marketplace; the ability to access the legal content of their choosing without being blocked, or experiencing interference or throttling from anyone; and they expect the internet to remain an open and accessible platform for all Americans. This is the basic foundation of net neutrality, and I believe these are all reasonable and fair expectations from consumers, small businesses, and entrepreneurs. Quite simply this is how the internet has always worked and it is why our internet economy has flourished and remains the envy of the world.”