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Knight working to protect Net Neutrality

Congressman seeking legislative solution following FCC vote to reverse rule

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Washington, DC, December 14, 2017 | Chris Jusuf (202-225-1956) | comments
On December 13, 2017 Representative Steve Knight (R-CA) called Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to express his concern about the Commission's plan to reverse the 2015 classification of broadband internet as a Title II Common Carrier service under the Communications Act. Commonly known as "Net Neutrality," this standard barred internet service providers from giving preferential or biased internet speeds to specific websites or online services. On December 14, the FCC voted 3 - 2 to proceed with this planned reversal.

"I'm disappointed in the FCC's decision." said Rep. Knight "Data is data, and I believe if you pay for a specific bandwidth of internet speed, you should not be restricted from using that data stream as you best see fit."

"Net Neutrality protects small businesses from being placed on an uneven playing field when competing online against larger companies who may have stronger relationships with ISP's. Net Neutrality takes the politics out of the internet and fosters an environment in which the companies that succeed are the ones who provide the best services and product to consumers."

Rep. Knight is now working with several of his colleagues to seek a legislative solution to protect consumers while simultaneously allowing innovation and investment to create a modern internet infrastructure.
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