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Ed Markey Says It’s Time To Restore Net Neutrality

July 12, 2021

President Joe Biden wants to bring back net neutrality — and U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D-Malden) supports the move.

Biden called on the Federal Communications Commission to reinstate net neutrality last week. The move prompted Markey’s office to issue a press release supporting the initiative.

“The COVID pandemic has highlighted what we already knew:  broadband isn’t a luxury,” Markey said. “Like running water and electricity, it is an essential utility that everyone needs. So I strongly support President Biden’s call for the Federal Communications Commission to reinstate net neutrality. As soon as there are three Democratic Commissioners in place, the FCC must act without delay to reclassify broadband as a Title II service and reassert its authority over broadband. I also plan to soon introduce legislation to do the same by statute. We cannot and will not stop working until net neutrality is the law of the land.”

Net neutrality is a regulation that prevents “cable and phone companies from favoring certain websites and apps — such as their own services — and give the FCC more oversight over privacy and the activities of telecom companies,” as The Associated Press puts it.

 

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