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Statement by Congressman Brian Higgins

Feb 26, 2015
Press Release

Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to lay the groundwork for the adoption of rules for the Internet based on the principles of “net neutrality."

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) issued the following statement in support of the FCC’s decision.

“High speed Internet connectivity has changed every sector of our economy. It connects businesses to new consumers and provides Americans with a greater choice of goods and services. It also increases the level of America's global competitors by giving foreign workers and companies access to our markets in ways that had previously been impossible. The regulation of such a consequential tool must be considered thoughtfully.

“Federal regulations must promote competition by preventing a company from purchasing faster speed that its competitors can’t afford. These regulations should encourage innovation by protecting businesses from threats to slow its Internet traffic unless it pays a premium. And they should guarantee the right of Americans to access the lawful content of their choosing. Net neutrality policies support these important principles.

“The FCC action moves the debate forward and brings us closer to net neutrality protections. But because the rule can be overturned by a court or future Administration, it is my hope that Congress will pass bipartisan legislation that writes these important protections into law.

"Today the FCC recognized what Americans already understand: the open Internet is critical to the economy and to the free exchange of ideas. I applaud the FCC’s embrace of net neutrality and call on Congress to come together and follow suit.”