Chairmen Rockefeller and Waxman Statement on FCC Open Internet Rulemaking

October 22, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), regarding the draft rules to preserve a free and open Internet.  The text of the letter follows:
October 22, 2009
The Honorable Julius Genachowski
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554
Dear Chairman Genachowski:
Today, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning the establishment of rules designed to preserve and protect the open nature of the Internet.  We have each, in the past, voiced our support for policies that protect consumers and promote an open Internet.  Our positions have not changed. 
We write to support your efforts to conduct this rulemaking in an open and transparent manner that is fair to all parties.  We expect that the Commission will make every effort to consider all voices prior to voting on final rules.  
We believe this issue deserves nothing less from the Commission, and we look forward to working with you and your staff as this process goes forward.
John D. Rockefeller IV                                     Henry A. Waxman
Chairman                                                       Chairman
Committee on Commerce, Science, and            Committee on Energy and Commerce