December 18, 2017

Sens. Manchin, Moran Call for Bipartisan Legislative Solution to Protect Free and Open Internet, Promote Rural Broadband Access

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators  Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security, today issued the following statement:

“As senators who have been working to close the digital divide, we believe federal policy must continue to promote the expansion of broadband access across rural America. Consumers and innovators deserve clear rules of the road that will continue to ensure the internet remains an open marketplace, will drive our online economy and will support investment throughout our internet ecosystem.

“To that end, we agree with the calls of Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman Thune and our colleagues on both sides of the aisle that we must find bipartisan consensus that codifies strong net neutrality protections and conclusively resolves this debate. Consumers want an internet that is free of content-based discrimination and supports the deployment of reliable, affordable broadband access throughout the country. Congress enshrining net neutrality protections based on clear and certain rules into law is necessary to guarantee the internet remains free and open.”

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