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Leahy REAX On Court Decision TODAY Upholding FCC's Open Internet Rules, On NET NEUTRALITY

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.),
Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee,
On D.C. Circuit Court Of Appeals Decision On Open Internet Rules

June 14, 2016

[The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Open Internet rules. The Open Internet rules, which were adopted in 2015, ban all domestic broadband providers from blocking or throttling lawful online content and engaging in paid prioritization agreements through which websites could be charged for priority access over the Internet. On September 21, 2015, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and 27 other members of Congress filed a brief with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the FCC’s Open Internet rules. Senator Leahy has been outspoken on the need for concrete net neutrality protections for years and he previously convened hearings in Vermont and Washington to highlight the importance of this issue.]

“I applaud the D.C. Circuit Court’s decision affirming the FCC’s vitally important Open Internet rules that were adopted in 2015. Meaningful net neutrality protections are paramount to Vermonters and millions of hardworking Americans who rely on accessible broadband services, in their livelihoods, and in their daily lives. Today’s decision ensures that Americans across the country can continue to access broadband services without fear that their voices will be drowned out by paid prioritization schemes that benefit large corporate moneyed interests. It is important to all Vermonters and all Americans that the Internet will remain an open platform that fosters innovation and free speech, and I will continue to advocate for the preservation of these foundational principles.”

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