Letter from Senator on Net Neutrality

Posted: February 3, 2010 in Uncategorized

Dear Friend,

Thank you for contacting me to express your support for net neutrality regulations. I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this important issue. I apologize for my delayed response.

In 2005, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a set of principles to ensure that the internet is accessible and affordable to all consumers. These principles, often referred to as “net neutrality,” were not established as official regulations at that time. On July 31, 2009, the Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2009 (H.R. 3458) was introduced in the House of Representatives and referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce. This bill would establish a national broadband policy to mirror the FCC’s principles with regard to net neutrality.

While H.R. 3458 is still pending in the House, the FCC has also taken steps to make its net neutrality principles official. On October 22, 2009, the FCC proposed formalizing these principles. The new FCC rule would prevent internet access providers from discriminating against particular internet content or applications, while allowing for reasonable network management. The proposal also makes it clear that providers could prevent the transfer of unlawful content, such as child pornography, and address harmful and unwanted traffic by users such as spam. The FCC is currently seeking public comments on its proposal, and all stakeholders have an opportunity to contribute. You can submit a public comment by clicking here and selecting Docket No. 09-191.

I appreciate your thoughts on net neutrality, and I will keep your comments in mind should I have an opportunity to vote on H.R. 3458 or similar legislation in the United States Senate.

Got this letter in response to a letter I sent to our Senator Kay Hagan. I know it’s a basically a form letter, but it’s nice to know that they are aware of the situation and willing to respond with what I think is very relevant references to what I was inquiring about. Net Neutrality is a very important matter and needs everyones support. Please help keep the web open.

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