Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Benton Institute Welcomes New Chapter in Network Neutrality Debate
Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel proposed that the FCC take the first procedural steps toward reaffirming that broadband is an essential service under Title II of the Communications Act. The following statement may be attributed to Benton Institute for Broadband & Society Senior Counselor Andrew Jay Schwartzman:
As Chairwoman Rosenworcel stressed, applying Title II to broadband internet access service means net neutrality. But that is just one reason it is so important to restore the FCC's broadband authority. Title II also empowers the FCC to address a number of issues that are important to the national and public interest. We all benefit from an internet that is not only open but fast and fair, safe and secure.
Obviously, this is just the first page in a new chapter of the long-running net neutrality debate. But the Benton Institute welcomes the chance to have an informed debate with an FCC that is committing to listen to the American people.
The Benton Institute for Broadband & Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all people in the U.S. have access to competitive, High-Performance Broadband regardless of where they live or who they are. We believe communication policy - rooted in the values of access, equity, and diversity - has the power to deliver new opportunities and strengthen communities.
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