Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, and Ron Wyden (D-Oreg.), today applauded the FCC's decision to publicly consider how to best regulate broadband Internet service under existing law and in the public interest.
"Today's vote puts us one step closer to finding the best way to classify and regulate broadband service," said Sen. Kerry. "Appropriate broadband regulation will preserve an open Internet, protect consumers, and ensure that disabled and rural Americans have equal access to advancing technology. Chairman Genachowski has proposed a thoughtful, measured approach, and I'm confident that all Commissioners will keep an open mind and focus on finding a solution that will maintain an open, inclusive, and affordable communications infrastructure. We will work in Congress to assist and supplement that process with a focus on those goals."
"Today's vote is a step toward ensuring that consumers and innovators remain behind the wheel of the Internet, instead of the out-sized hands of a few big telecom companies," said Sen. Wyden.