WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) praised the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) new ruling to classify broadband Internet as a “telecommunications service” under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. The FCC’s ruling upholds the principles of network neutrality which will preserve and protect the open Internet as a place for innovation and free expression.
“The FCC was right to ensure that Americans can access a free and open Internet. Imposing so called ‘fast lanes’ for Internet access would have stymied innovative and economic progress in the United States. Millions of Americans spoke out through the Internet to ensure that content remains driven by people and ideas – and not multinational corporations. The FCC’s newly established clear and enforceable ‘bright line’ rules will ensure that the Internet remains open for all voices and thoughts.”
“I encourage the FCC, along with the same millions of Internet users who were instrumental in shining a light on this issue, to remain engaged in ensuring that the Internet remains an open forum for the free flow of idea.”