In full transparency, the following is a media release from Sen. Ed Markey , who was elected by voters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to serve the state in Washington DC in the US Senate. He is a Democrat. (stock photo)
WASHINGTON DC – – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) released the following statement regarding President Biden’s call for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reinstate net neutrality as part of his Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy.
“The COVID pandemic has highlighted what we already knew: broadband isn’t a luxury. Like running water and electricity, it is an essential utility that everyone needs. So I strongly support President Biden’s call for the Federal Communications Commission to reinstate net neutrality. As soon as there are three Democratic Commissioners in place, the FCC must act without delay to reclassify broadband as a Title II service and reassert its authority over broadband. I also plan to soon introduce legislation to do the same by statute. We cannot and will not stop working until net neutrality is the law of the land.”
Over the years, Senator Markey has led the fight in Congress to secure net neutrality. In 2014, Senator Markey led the call for the FCC to put the strongest net neutrality rules on the books, which the Commission did in 2015 during the Obama administration.
After the Trump administration’s FCC repealed these rules, Senator Markey filed a Congressional Review Act (CRA) Resolution of Disapproval to save net neutrality, which passed the Senate with bipartisan support. In 2019, Senator Markey introduced the Save the Internet Act, which codifies the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order.