Inslee: FCC Internet ruling falls short

by office of Rep. Jay Inslee

On Dec. 21, U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee (WA-01) issued this statement following the release of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) adoption of the Open Internet Order.

Today's rulemaking from the FCC seeks to preserve the open internet, and protect the foundation that has built industries, fostered marketplaces, and created jobs. I commend the FCC for moving forward on this important policy and ensuring basic consumer protections.

But, today's rulemaking falls seriously short for two reasons. First, the future of telecommunications and innovation is in wireless. Yet, today, the FCC decided to apply weak rules to a strong future the future of wireless internet. Secondly, protection from paid prioritization is necessary now. The increase in media consolidation necessitates robust open internet protections before business models are developed and impossible to undo.

I recognize that the rules outlined today represent a first step, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to ensure that this first step is realized to its fullest potential. I would like to especially thank Commissioners Copps and Clyburn for their dedication to these issues and for their work over the past few weeks to strengthen today's rules.

Rep. Jay Inslee has been a strong proponent of continuing the policy of net neutrality that has been at the foundation of the internet since its inception. Under agreed upon net neutrality rules, the internet has become the most powerful force in the world in commerce and communications. Recent court rulings have threatened the ability of the FCC to keep net neutrality rules in place, allowing internet service providers the ability to reduce or block access, restricting consumer choice and resulting in higher prices.

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