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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

BREAKING: The FCC Abandons Net Neutrality

January 16, 2018
Louise Line
December 14, 2017

Today, Republican-appointed members of the Federal Communications Commission abolished net neutrality. This move cuts the legal legs out from under the principles of a free and open internet, turns a deaf ear to tens of millions of consumers, and jeopardizes our thriving internet economy. It could also substantially raise prices for consumers.

It’s no secret that this has been a highly-publicized, widely-debated issue. In just the last few weeks, my Rochester and Washington D.C. offices have received hundreds of calls from people who share my strong opposition to this dangerous rollback.

In Congress, I was proud to join my colleagues in urging the FCC to abandon this plan. Everyone from major internet pioneers to small business leaders have also stepped up to the plate. Earlier this week, Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak and more called on the FCC to cancel this dangerous vote because they knew it would be harder for Americans to start businesses and would harm innovation nationwide. Even Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, voiced his adamant disproval of this disastrous rollback.

In spite of the public outcry, the FCC steamrolled ahead. I believe today’s vote was just another mass giveaway from this administration to large, faceless corporations that want to charge you more money for the same, or worse, service.

In my opinion, this administration is dismantling our free and open internet. Instead of doing this, they should be getting to work for the American people.