Statement of Michael Copps, former FCC Commissioner & Common Cause Special Advisor
With the discharge petition filed, the Senate has an opportunity to take a major step forward in restoring the net neutrality rules. The internet belongs to everyone and is vital to a functioning democracy. Whether accessing news and information, applying for jobs, starting a business, or doing homework, millions of Americans rely on equal access to the internet. It’s no surprise that the most recent polls show an overwhelming majority of Americans support the net neutrality rules. With this Senate vote, the American people will know who’s looking out for them and who’s looking out for the interests of the big internet service providers. People back home are watching, Senators, and they will remember in November how you voted in May.
We thank Senator Markey for spearheading this effort and urge every Senator to side with the American people by voting to restore the net neutrality rules that preserved and protected an open internet.