I sent a letter to my senator Patty Murray about my fears that the FCC would overturn the rules on Net Neutrality. This was her letter back to me.
Thank you Senator Murray.
Dear Mr. McGinn:
Thank you for contacting me about net neutrality and the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to dismantle the net neutrality rules put in place under the Obama Administration. I appreciate hearing from you.
First and foremost, I support net neutrality. As you know, net neutrality refers to the principle that internet service providers (ISP) should not be allowed to block, throttle, or otherwise discriminate between lawful content on their networks and across the internet. Net neutrality has been a core characteristic of the internet since its creation and has ensured that companies of all sizes have a level playing field to compete and pursue new ideas on. I am extremely proud of Washington state’s robust tech sector and firmly believe that net neutrality has been essential to its growth and development.
The net neutrality rules overturned by Chairman Pai were adopted by the FCC on February 26, 2015 after millions of Americans wrote and expressed their support for a free and open internet. These rules provided the FCC with the regulatory tools to protect and maintain net neutrality across wired and wireless networks, and provided a general net neutrality standard to evaluate future ISP policies against. The 2015 rules did not empower the FCC to regulate how much ISPs could charge customers or invest in their networks. I supported these rules when they were initially adopted and continue to support them now.
I am deeply troubled by Chairman Pai’s rollback of these rules and the anti-consumer agenda he has pursued at the FCC. That is why I voted against confirming him for another five year term on the Commission, and why I am proud to have cosponsored efforts to undo the FCC’s disastrous decision and to restore strong net neutrality rules. I am especially concerned that the Commission ignored the countless Americans who wrote in to the FCC urging Chairman Pai to keep its previous rules in place and not to replace them with a weaker standard. Know that I will continue to fight for a free and open internet on the behalf of individuals and businesses in Washington state and across the country, and that I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.
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United States Senator