Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressman Cohen Decries FCC Vote Repealing Net Neutrality

December 14, 2017
Press Release
Says Online dissent is at risk

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) made the following statement minutes after the Federal Communications Commission, on a 3-2 party-line vote, repealed the 2015 Open Internet Order.

“The ruling Thursday upends the powerful internet neutrality framework that banned blocking, throttling or giving paid prioritization to companies based on whether a content provider paid for faster service,” Cohen said. “Internet neutrality has been one of the most important consumer protections of our time.”

“Besides that, it has made available in online debate the views – and dissent -- that might not get aired on an Internet driven by purely commercial priorities,” he said.

Congressman Cohen recently penned an opinion-editorial in The Memphis Flyer laying out why the then-proposed end of Internet neutrality would be a bad idea. Read it here.