Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Calls on FCC to Protect Net Neutrality

November 21, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) released the following statement in response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) plan to dismantle landmark net neutrality rules:

“Yet again, Chairman Pai and the FCC are rewarding pay-to-play politics, ensuring that those with money have a seat at the table, and shutting everyone else out. Net neutrality protections ensure that the Internet remains open, fair, and equal for everyone. By dismantling these protections, we turn our backs on the most fundamental First Amendment rights of our students, entrepreneurs, innovators, small businesses, and working families, and all who rely on an open Internet to level the playing field of opportunity. 

“The FCC must fulfill their responsibility to all Americans, not just big Internet Service Providers (ISPs). I urge the FCC to listen to the voices of more than 22 million public comments, including 61,707 from Hawai‘i, on net neutrality and reject this corporate attack on equality.”

Background:

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been a long and proud supporter of net neutrality.  She has cosponsored legislation to prohibit multi-tiered pricing agreements between ISPs and content providers. She has voted against legislative efforts to undermine net neutrality, called on the FCC to maintain net neutrality rules, and urged the American people to voice their opinions during the FCC comment period.  

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