The following news release was issued by Congresswoman Doris Matsui’s office.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Congresswoman Matsui Statement on the FCC’s Proposed Net Neutrality Rules  

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06), a Member of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee issued the following statement on reports outlining the Federal Communications Commission’s proposed net neutrality rulemaking:

Congresswoman Doris Matsui - CA Dist. 6

Congresswoman Doris Matsui – CA Dist. 6

“After months of debate and record comment by the American public, I am pleased that it appears the Chairman has rejected the idea of so-called Internet fast lanes.

“Throughout this debate, I have listened carefully to my constituents, small businesses, start-ups, schools and libraries.  I held a field hearing at the California State Capitol to ensure that the FCC heard the voice of my district.  The message that has come through loud and clear is that we cannot divide the Internet into a two-tiered system.

“That is why it is so important that the FCC made a U-Turn on paid prioritization.  The rules will institute an absolute ban on paid Internet fast lanes, whereas the original proposal would have opened the flood gates for pay-for-play schemes.  This is the right move for the American public, and for the future of Internet.

“The proposed rules are a step in the right direction, however this is not the end of the road.  More work will need to be done to ensure the final rules protect consumers and encourage innovation. The Internet economy is dynamic; what’s new today may not be tomorrow. The FCC must maintain its flexibility for the Internet age.  The Commission should proceed with its scheduled vote on February 26, and I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues and the Commission moving forward.”

Earlier this year, Congresswoman Matsui and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced H.R. 196  the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act.  This bipartisan legislation would require the FCC to ban so-called “paid prioritization” agreements between a broadband provider and a content provider, helping prevent the creation of a two-tiered Internet system and ensuring start-ups and entrepreneurs have access to the marketplace and that consumers can access all content equally.