December 14, 2017

Wyden Blasts FCC’s Repeal of Net Neutrality

Senator fights to restore key Internet protections

Washington – U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today sharply criticized the Federal Communications Commission’s vote to repeal net neutrality and said he will work to restore key rules that successfully prohibited internet service providers from devising fast and slow lanes they could use to block or stunt internet traffic.

“Today’s historically awful FCC action undoing net neutrality unwraps an early Christmas present for Big Cable and unravels essential protections for consumers in Oregon and nationwide,” said Wyden, who introduced the first strong net neutrality bill in 2006.

Wyden spoke on the Senate floor this week in favor of preserving successful net neutrality rules, pointed out the importance of broadband access to rural Oregon and defended net neutrality in state and national forums.

“The fight for a free and open Internet will not end with today’s shortsighted and misguided net neutrality decision by Trump appointees,” he said. “I will fight this decision in the courts and in the Congress.”

As part of that fight in Congress, Wyden today joined with 15 other senators to announce their plan to introduce a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution.

The resolution would undo today’s FCC net neutrality decision and restore the 2015 net neutrality rules that prohibited internet service providers from setting up internet fast and slow lanes and ensured they could not block or slow down internet traffic.