Rockefeller Statement on Open Internet Decision

January 14, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV today issued the following statement on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Open Internet rules:

“Although I am disappointed that the court did not unequivocally uphold the FCC’s net neutrality protections, I am pleased that the court recognized that the FCC has the authority to issue necessary consumer protection rules for broadband networks. At its core, the FCC’s fundamental responsibility is the regulation of communications networks for the public interest and consumers everywhere. I urge the FCC to consider all viable options to accomplish these objectives, and to make sure that that both consumers and competition are protected through a free and open Internet. I stand ready to assist the Commission in that endeavor.”