Congresswoman Matsui Reiterates Support for Net Neutrality

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Sacramento, CA, November 18, 2014 | comments

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Congresswoman Matsui Reiterates Support for Net Neutrality

Warns that any net neutrality proposal that allows paid prioritization is a non-starter

CA – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06) issued the following statement reiterating her support of net neutrality and opposition to any potential Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposal that allows paid prioritization:

“Any net neutrality proposal that allows paid prioritization agreements or Internet fast lanes is a non-starter.   Paid prioritization would amount to a tax on innovation and consumer choice.

“There is no public support for Internet fast lanes.  The overwhelming majority of the record 3.9 million Americans who took time out of their lives to share their voices strongly oppose Internet fast lanes.  The Chairman must not ignore the American people.   It is too important an issue for consumers, innovation, and competition.”

Earlier this year, Congresswoman Matsui and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced H.R. 4880 the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act.  This bipartisan legislation would require the FCC to ban so-called “paid prioritization” agreements between a broadband provider and a content provider, helping prevent the creation of a two-tiered Internet system and ensuring start-ups and entrepreneurs have access to the marketplace and that consumers can access all content equally.

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