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Ayotte Statement on U.S. Appeals Court Ruling Striking Down Net Neutrality Rule

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Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte praised today's ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that struck down as unconstitutional the "Net Neutrality" rule imposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Last Congress, Senator Ayotte voted in favor of a congressional resolution expressing disapproval of the FCC's Net Neutrality rule.

"Today's ruling affirms that the FCC does not have unlimited authority to regulate the Internet, and it represents a victory for those who support a free and open Internet," said Ayotte, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee. "Furthermore, today's opinion underscores the need for Congress to begin working on a 21st Century policy framework that governs our telecommunications laws."

Ayotte has also led efforts in the Senate to keep the Internet free from burdensome new taxes and tax requirements - including fighting proposed online sales tax legislation that stands to harm New Hampshire Internet retailers. In addition, Ayotte introduced legislation in January that would permanently extend the current ban on Internet access taxes, which expires in November. The Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (S. 31) would prevent state and local governments from imposing new taxes on Internet access, and prohibit any multiple or discriminatory taxes on e-commerce.

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