December 13, 2017
SENATOR JEFF VAN DREW RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT ON THE UPCOMING VOTE BY THE FCC TO REPEAL ITS NET NEUTRALITY POLICY
“I strongly encourage Chairman Ajit Pai to reconsider his intention to repeal the FCC’s net neutrality policy.
By repealing the existing net neutrality rules, internet service providers may look for new ways to extort the American people by offering paid prioritization and blocking equal access to the internet outright. As our lives continue to depend more and more on technology and access to the web, many families and small businesses may be forced to pay more or go without.
Having fought internet providers for years to bring internet access to residents in the rural parts of South Jersey, I know firsthand how detrimental it can be for our schools, small businesses, and emergency services to lack fast and reliable service. Any plans to throttle or block internet speeds is an affront to what the American people expect from a critical service in their lives. There must be regulations in place to ensure consumers are guaranteed an equal and open internet.”