Washington, DC, May 16, 2018 – Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge, issued the following statement regarding the Senate’s vote to disapprove the rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission’s most recent order on net neutrality:
“Today’s vote was driven by political double-speak designed to win mid-term election votes. The net neutrality rules the CRA is intended to restore were designed to protect the special interests of big tech monopolies, not protect consumers. How? By letting big tech block websites, charge tolls, and create fast lanes while prohibiting big tech’s competitors from doing the same.
A consumer-focused approach to internet regulation wouldn’t work this way. It would first ask what rights internet consumers should have and then adopt policies that protect those rights irrespective of corporate identity or technology. That’s the only way to achieve strong consumer protections on the internet that will stand the test of time.”
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