Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressman Cohen Announces Opposition to FCC Plan to End Internet Neutrality

November 21, 2017
Press Release
Says agency is “kowtowing to the big internet companies”

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today released the following statement after learning that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to do away with Obama Administration regulations ensuring equal access to the Internet when it meets December 14.

“I oppose the FCC plan announced today to dismantle the landmark 2015 Internet Neutrality rule that guarantees access and prohibits high-speed internet service providers from blocking or impeding the availability of websites,” Cohen said.

“The FCC is kowtowing to the big internet companies, giving them control over what consumers can see and how much premiere content will cost,” he said. “This kind of deregulation will adversely affect the way the public accesses its information and entertainment, all for the benefit a handful of telecommunications giants.”

“I believe the Internet should remain a platform for the free expression of ideas and innovation, and remain fast, fair and open for all users. I am closely monitoring these developments, and plan to continue working with my colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee on this important issue.”

On May 18, 2017, the FCC voted to approve a notice of proposed rulemaking to undo current net neutrality regulations. The current regulations prevent internet service providers (ISPs) from blocking or slowing the delivery of internet content to consumers.