ACLU Commends FCC Efforts to Restore Net Neutrality Rules

The FCC will vote on the rules later this month, securing access to a free and open internet.

April 3, 2024 12:00 pm

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WASHINGTON – The American Civil Liberties Union commends the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) announcement today that it will hold a vote later this month to reinstate vital net neutrality regulations by reclassifying broadband under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. Under this new classification, the FCC will also have the oversight authority it needs to protect internet users from abusive or neglectful internet service provider practices.

“Broadband is a necessity. It’s critical that the FCC has the tools necessary to make sure that everyone has access to high speed, reliable, and affordable internet, and that powerful telecommunications companies aren’t allowed to put profit over people,” said Jenna Leventoff, ACLU senior policy counsel. “We are thrilled that the FCC is moving closer to reinstating essential net neutrality rules, and we look forward to reading the full order when it is available.”

In 2017, former FCC Chairman Ajit Pai repealed the Open Internet Order, which classified broadband as a Title II service and allowed the FCC full regulatory authority over the internet. The rule had also required internet service providers to treat all internet traffic equally by prohibiting blocking, throttling, or paid prioritization. The ACLU applauds the advancement of reinstating these regulatory powers.

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