Chairman Rockefeller Statement on FCC Approval of Net Neutrality Rules

December 21, 2010

Chairman RockefellerWASHINGTON, D.C.—Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV released a statement today following the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) approval of rules governing net neutrality. The rules are aimed at preventing Internet providers from interfering with web traffic.

“I am pleased that under the leadership of Chairman Julius Genachowski the FCC voted to move ahead today and address network neutrality. By and large, I believe that this effort, along with ongoing oversight and enforcement, will protect consumers and provide companies with the certainty they need to make investments in our growing digital economy. While many champions of the open Internet would have preferred a stricter decision — and I myself have real reservations about treating wireless broadband differently from wired broadband — I think today's decision is a meaningful step forward.

“This effort is undoubtedly better due to the hard work of Commissioner Copps, who has a long-standing commitment to network neutrality and deep and abiding interest in how communications technology can enhance our democratic discourse. I also wholeheartedly thank Commissioner Clyburn for her efforts to bring us to this decision today.”