Net Neutrality

As the Federal Communications Commission considers new rulemaking on Net Neutrality, Senator Murray believes it is critical that the FCC enact rules giving full force and effect to a free and open Internet.

 “Since the FCC released its proposed rule on Net Neutrality in May of this year, thousands of Washingtonians have written to me in support of Net Neutrality. Like them, I support a free and open Internet. The idea underlying Net Neutrality is a simple one: the Internet should be free and open, and users should have the freedom to pick and choose what websites they visit or applications they use. Similarly, the success of content or services on the Internet should be driven by consumer demand and end users, not by broadband providers blocking content or charging for prioritized access. Indeed, innovation, economic opportunity, robust consumer choice, and the free flow of knowledge and ideas all rest upon an Internet that does not pick winners and losers based purely on a broadband provider’s commercial interest.

Many in my state have shared with me their concerns about the Commission’s proposed paid prioritization arrangements, or so called ‘fast lanes.’ I share these concerns. To be clear: I believe paid prioritization is inconsistent with the principles of a truly free and open Internet. To address these concerns, the Commission should carefully consider the scope and sufficiency of its legal authority to regulate broadband providers. In particular, the Commission should utilize legal authority sufficient to enact anti-blocking and anti-discrimination rules fully protective of end users and edge providers. Paid prioritization clearly falls short of this standard.

As I reflect on the Internet’s role in American innovation, now more than ever it is essential that the Commission adopt rules truly worthy of American entrepreneurialism and economic opportunity. This means adopting rules that fully prevent discrimination, improve transparency and provide market certainty—for consumers and the next generation of American innovators. Nothing less is acceptable.”