Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On FCC Chairman Wheeler’s Proposed Net Neutrality Rules

“Paid arrangements between broadband providers and websites do not reflect open Internet principles and I will not support any effort by the FCC to condone those kinds of agreements.  The very essence of net neutrality is that a better idea or service should be allowed to succeed on its merits and not have to pay tolls to reach potential customers.  Rules allowing pay-to-play deals would also harm consumers, who could no longer be confident that the Internet speeds they pay for are sufficient to access the services they want.

“I appreciate that Chairman Wheeler is asking for comment on a range of proposals, including whether to reclassify broadband providers as common carriers, and is explicitly asking whether to ban pay-to-play deals.  I look forward to exploring options for protecting an open Internet at the Senate Judiciary Committee field hearing that I will be holding in Vermont in July.”


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