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Schatz: The Fight To Save The Free And Open Internet Is Just Starting

WASHINGTON – Following the Federal Communications Commission’s vote to begin the process to repeal the strong net neutrality rules that have been in place since 2015, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), lead Democrat on the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, released the following statement.

“While Chairman Pai seems to have made his decision to get rid of these rules before starting the proceedings in earnest, he has an obligation to keep an open mind in this process, and take seriously the comments from the public. I plan to hold him to that obligation—to make sure that the people who weigh in are heard, as they should be.

“This fight is just starting. Just like in 2014, the public now has the opportunity to stand up, be heard, and influence the outcome. It will take millions of people standing up, just like they did before, to say that the internet needs to stay free and open. That’s what it will take to win.”