FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DECEMBER 14, 2017

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Cardin: FCC’s Three Republican Commissioners’ Vote to End Net Neutrality Will Do Incredible Harm; Congress Must Reverse This Foul Decision

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted along party lines to roll back net neutrality provisions that have protected equal access to the internet.

 

“American consumers, students, seniors, innovators, small businesses, families, and individuals are going to be forced to pay more for less freedom and less access thanks to the three Republican commissioners’ giveaway to the big Internet Service Providers (ISPs), which include Chairman Ajit Pai’s former employer.  The ISPs want to control who can access what content on the internet when and at what speeds. The internet is a public utility and the FCC has now put consumers at a grave disadvantage. This is not freedom for consumers, as net neutrality envisioned. This is bowing to corporate interests, once again, which seems to be emblematic of the Trump administration. Congress must take action to reverse this decision which allows ISPs to charge more for access and speed, or throttle back on speeds, or even lock out small content providers. This is a dangerous step in corporatizing a public utility. Even more important, this is a dangerous step in suppressing the free flow of information that is the lifeblood of our democracy.”