FCC Chair Proposes New Net Neutrality Rules

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Moira Vahey, Free Press, (202) 265-1490 x31

WASHINGTON -- Federal Communications Commission Chair Julius Genachowski today proposed new Net Neutrality rules that would protect the open Internet on all wired and wireless networks. In a speech at the Brookings Institution, Genachowksi proposed rules that would prohibit discrimination of content or applications by Internet service providers and would ensure network management practices are transparent.

Genachowski intends to introduce a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking at the FCC’s October meeting to codify these two principles, in addition to the four open Internet principles that now guide the FCC's oversight and enforcement of communications law. FCC Commissioners Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn have already indicated they support stronger Net Neutrality rules.

Josh Silver, executive director of Free Press, made the following statement:

"The debate over Net Neutrality at times has felt like a marathon, but today the finish line is in sight. Chairman Genachowski’s speech today shows the FCC intends to follow through on President Obama’s pledge to protect the free and open Internet.

"This is a tremendous day for millions of us who have been clamoring to keep the Internet free from discrimination -- but it’s even more important for the hundreds of millions of Internet users for whom Net Neutrality will safeguard economic innovation, democratic participation and free speech online.

"We applaud Chairman Genachowski, Commissioner Copps and Commissioner Clyburn for taking a strong stand to promote competition and consumer choice. We look forward to working with the FCC to developing permanent rules that keep the Internet open and free for everyone forever."

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