Washington, DC – U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) announced today that he has signed on to Senator Ed Markey’s (D-MA) resolution to undo the Federal Communications Commission’s December 2017 action to dismantle net neutrality rules.
“The FCC’s vote to gut net neutrality protections was a massive blow to the fundamental ideals of a free and open internet for all,” Booker said. “Congress shouldn’t stand passively by while innovation is stifled and the democratizing power of the internet is dismantled because of this arbitrary policy change. That’s why I’m signing on to Senator Markey’s effort to restore net neutrality, and will continue fighting to protect small businesses, consumers, and many, many others from the hazards of an internet where content is throttled, blocked, or given unequal preference.”
The resolution would rescind FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s effort to eliminate net neutrality rules and fully restore the Open Internet Order. Under Senate rules, this resolution would be considered in an expedited fashion with a simple majority vote.
For years, Booker has championed robust net neutrality rules. In July 2014, he joined several Democratic Senators in a letter to the FCC, urging it to reclassify broadband Internet access as a common carrier service under Title II of the Communications Act, and publicly campaigned for strong net neutrality rules. The FCC’s net neutrality rule originally went into effect in June 2015.
More recently, Booker has frequently spoken against FCC Chairman Pai’s efforts to undo net neutrality rules, signing a letter with Senate 27 colleagues in urging a delay in the FCC’s December vote to roll back the rules, a letter with 38 Senate colleagues calling on Pai to abandon his “reckless” efforts to end net neutrality, and a letter with 20 Senate colleagues demanding a delay in the FCC’s net neutrality decision because of the unknown impact on America’s students.
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