Rockefeller Statement on FCC Chairman Wheeler's Open Internet Announcement

February 19, 2014

JDR Head ShotWASHINGTON, D.C.—Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV today released the following statement on Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler’s announcement that he will propose new Open Internet rules. 

“I am happy that Chairman Wheeler has decided to move forward quickly to respond to the D.C. Circuit court’s net neutrality decision. The court made clear that Congress has spoken: the FCC has ample statutory authority to protect consumers and competition online. I have always supported the FCC’s use of its full authority under the Communications Act to accomplish these goals, and appreciate that Chairman Wheeler has kept all options on the table. I look forward to examining the Chairman’s plan in more detail.”