U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) said he believes the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should act now to reclassify broadband to protect the free and open Internet in the years ahead.
Dorgan has supported FCC Chairman Genachowki's efforts to ensure the FCC's continued ability to protect consumers online, promote innovation, and close America's digital divide.
The senator was responding to an announcement made Wednesday that Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Henry Waxman (D-CA) is urging the FCC to act now that Republican members of the House have abandoned efforts at compromise legislation on net neutrality.
"The announcement by Representative Waxman is welcome news," Dorgan said. "While I appreciate all the work that has been done in the House on net neutrality, I continue to believe that the best way to preserve the free and open Internet is for the FCC to act now to reclassify broadband under Title II. All of us who believe in an Internet without gatekeepers or tollbooths should be calling on Chairman Genachowski to reclassify broadband in a manner that re-imposes the non-discrimination rules on the large internet providers."
Dorgan, a member of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, has been a leading proponent of net neutrality in the Congress.