Common Cause Urges FCC to Approve Net Neutrality Proposal

Washington, DC — This morning, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed restoring net neutrality rules since they were discarded in 2017. The rules would reinstate the commission’s oversight authority to protect Americans from companies that block or limit internet access for profit. The vote on the rules is expected to take place by the end of the month. 

In 2023, FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel signaled interest in restoring net neutrality, just after the confirmation of commissioner Anna Gomez. As the fifth commissioner, her confirmation unlocked a vote needed to move beyond a 2-2 deadlocked commission.  

Common Cause has long advocated for strong net neutrality rules that provide equal access to the internet for all users. 

Statement of Ishan Mehta, Common Cause Media & Democracy Program Director 

“The internet is a gateway to democracy for many and every voter has the right to a free and fair internet. From looking up information about candidates to finding polling sites, this net neutrality proposal will make it easier for every voter to participate in our modern democracy.

We strongly encourage the FCC to restore net neutrality and return control of the internet to the people. Especially in a major election year, the FCC must do all it can to protect every voter’s right to basic information online.” 

Statement of Michael Copps, Former FCC Commissioner and Common Cause Special Advisor 

“A healthy democracy requires a well informed and educated public, but that’s not possible without an open and accessible internet. That’s why I am thrilled that FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel is leading the way to protect the public interest by providing an open internet, regardless of income, zip code, or political party.

Since 2017, Common Cause and other organizations have advocated for restoring safeguards for an open and accessible internet for all. That’s because it was clear 20 years that internet companies should not be allowed to provide quality internet access to a few, while the rest of us could be slowed down by limits and fees.

We look forward to strengthening a healthy communications ecosystem for all voters.”