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WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski urging the agency to consider “all viable options,” including reclassifying broadband services as a “telecommunications service” in order to protect broadband consumers in the wake of the Comcast v. FCC case.

The Comcast case ruling called into question the FCC’s authority to protect consumers online and implement important goals in the National Broadband Plan such as rural deployment and cyber-security, consumer transparency and public safety initiatives.

Josh Silver, president and CEO of Free Press made the following statement:

“This is a clear indication that congressional leadership supports the goal of universal, affordable, high-speed Internet access for all Americans -- and that classifying broadband transmission under Title II is the best path to get there. The chairmen’s support for the FCC to use its full authority to protect consumers further demonstrates that changing the classification of broadband has widespread support. It is anything but the ‘radical move’ that the carriers have deceitfully painted it to be. Modernizing broadband policy under Title II is the FCC’s only viable option to carry out the goals in the National Broadband Plan, protect the open Internet and safeguard Internet consumers.”

Read the letter here:

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