Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement on the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) net neutrality vote:
“I am terribly disappointed by today’s outrageous FCC vote to overturn net neutrality protections. This stunning example of regulatory overreach is bad for consumers and will have a chilling impact on American innovation. As such, Congress must now begin working on a legislative solution to reverse the FCC’s decision.
“Open Internet access is the foundation of freedom and innovation in the 21st century. Yet, the FCC’s dangerous assault on net neutrality gravely jeopardizes that freedom by punishing entrepreneurs and small businesses, throttling competition, and stifling the innovation that drives our economy. The FCC’s rule change could hit consumers with higher costs and less choice, and put control of their browsing experience into the hands of big providers.
“Millions of Americans across the country have raised their voices in the growing fight to protect net neutrality. Unfortunately, the Republican-controlled FCC has decided to ignore those voices.
“Now is not the time to be silent. We must continue to make our voices heard on the street, in the media, in the halls of Congress, and ultimately at the polls. I will continue working with my colleagues to overturn this misguided decision.”
Please note this press release was originally published on December 14, 2017 by Congressman Engel’s House of Representative’s office and posted to this website no sooner than 72 hours after initial publication.