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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

Congresswoman Waters Slams FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s Plan to End Net Neutrality

November 30, 2017
Press Release

Congresswoman Waters Slams FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s Plan to End Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON -- Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement in response to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to repeal net neutrality rules:

"American consumers must have equal access to the internet.  However, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai announced a plan to push forward with a repeal of net neutrality that threatens that access.  On December 14th, the FCC will put that plan to a vote.  If they vote in favor of Chairman Pai’s plan to repeal net neutrality it will strip away federal protections that prevent internet service providers (ISP), like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon, from selling internet access to the highest bidder.

“Without net neutrality rules, these massive ISPs will be allowed to speed up and slow down the internet, block website traffic, and prioritize customers who pay more.  These rules prevent these companies from demanding more money for the same internet.   A free, accessible, and open internet is especially important to students, communities of color, and many other consumers who may not be able to pay.  People rely on the internet to conduct business, exercise their first amendment rights, and connect to loved ones. Net neutrality rules protect this way of life.

“I have been a long-time champion of advancing telecommunications policies that protect consumers and internet freedom.  I have actively advocated for net neutrality since the public interest efforts in 2009 surrounding the Comcast-NBC merger, and continuing through the subsequent debates in Congress.  Chairman Pai’s shameful actions threaten my work, and lay the foundation for big corporations to manipulate the internet for profit.  I hope the FCC listens to the millions of Americans who have spoken out in favor of net neutrality and reject Chairman Pai’s proposal.  I am committed to working against any actions which weaken net neutrality." 

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