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Rep. Gabbard Opposes FCC ‘Attack on Net Neutrality’

April 27, 2017, 10:32 AM HST
* Updated April 27, 10:35 AM
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VIDEO: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Opposes Attack on Net Neutrality

In a speech on the House floor today, Thursday, April 27, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) spoke out strongly against the FCC’s recent announcement of plans to unravel net neutrality.

Rep.  Gabbard has strongly supported net neutrality, and has cosponsored legislation to prohibit multi-tiered pricing agreements between ISPs and content providers.

“Yesterday, the new Trump-appointed FCC chair announced his mission to undermine the net neutrality rules we fought so hard to put in place. In 2015, over 4 million people submitted comments, calling on the FCC to keep the internet open and fair.

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“However, the FCC’s new chairman, who used to work as counsel for Verizon, wants to turn the internet into a system of pay-to-play fast lanes for big money and those who can afford it, leaving everyone else behind in the slow lane.

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“This hands the levers of access over to big ISPs at the expense of students, small businesses, entrepreneurs, independent content creators, and millions more.

“In today’s digital age, maintaining open and equal internet access is essential to breaking down barriers in education, media, expanding access to jobs and employment, driving innovation in healthcare and so much more.

“We must stand strong in opposition to the FCC’s attack on fairness, equality and net neutrality.”

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