FCC Should Swiftly Restore Broadband Oversight Authority

Free Press filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission today urging the agency to swiftly implement Chairman Genachowski's proposal to re-establish a legal framework that allows the Commission to connect millions of Americans to broadband and protect free speech and innovation online.

Read our full comments, or check out this quote from S. Derek Turner, research director of Free Press:

    Chairman Genachowski has laid out the right plan to restore the Commission's authority over broadband networks and provide a stable legal foundation for our nation's most critical communications infrastructure. The agency needs to move quickly to vote on the proposal, as any further delay leaves millions of broadband customers without basic consumer protections and threatens the future of the open Internet.
    The phone and cable companies want the FCC to relinquish the agency’s power to protect consumers and to promote open, fast and affordable broadband Internet. Without closing this legal loophole, broadband service providers will be free to censor websites, stifle competition, and continue to ignore underserved communities. The FCC can't build a national broadband policy on a foundation of a failed legal experiment. If this FCC fails to act, it will cause irrevocable harm to the public interest and jeopardize America’s long-term global economic prospects.
    Regardless of political posturing and closed-door negotiations at the FCC, the Commission must have the authority to enforce basic consumer protections. Chairman Genachowski should move swiftly to end the debate over legal definitions and start the hard work of crafting policy that brings faster, more affordable broadband service to millions of underserved households.
    The Third Way framework proposed in the Commission’s Notice of Inquiry will preserve the Commission’s ability to uphold the widely supported principles of universal service, competition, interconnection, non-discrimination, consumer protection and reasoned deregulation - principles that led to the Internet revolution. The time for action is now, and the future of the Internet is in Chairman Genachowski's hands.

There’s still time for you to file your own comments with the FCC – the docket closes today. Tell Chairman Genachowski why he should protect Net Neutrality and promote universal Internet access.

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