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Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

Representing the 2nd District of Maryland

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Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Net Neutrality

Dec 14, 2017
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit V. Pai’s decision to hold a vote on the repeal of net neutrality rules today.

“I am strongly against Chairman Pai’s hasty and misguided decision to move forward with a vote to repeal net neutrality rules. I am deeply concerned that Chairman Pai’s current path for the FCC will result in an Internet environment that devalues consumers, small businesses and others that depend on open Internet principles. Chairman Pai’s intentions to roll back net neutrality rules have been abundantly clear since he took over the FCC earlier this year despite millions of consumer statements in opposition during the open comment period. He has been unwavering in his pursuit of this goal. The Chairman should halt this vote immediately.

While I do not approve of the FCC vote, it is clear that Congress must intervene and pass legislation. I have long urged the Congressional committees of jurisdiction to get to work to solve these problems for American consumers and businesses. Ultimately, we must make sure that ISPs cannot block, slow down or discriminate against lawful content on the Internet.”