Growing Support for Net Neutrality Legislation

Leading voices from across the U.S. have been expressing their support for Congress to protect the open internet by passing bipartisan net neutrality legislation.

Here is a collection of some of them:

TECH LEADERS

  • Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, Facebook: “We’re also open to working with members of Congress and anyone else on laws to protect net neutrality.” 7/12/2017
  • Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook: “We’ll work with members of Congress and anyone else willing to keep the internet open.” 7/12/2017
  • Alexis Ohanian, Co-Founder, Reddit: “Ultimately, I think we all believe that this is going to end up being a legislative decision, a legislative action.” 7/13/2017
  • Apple: “Apple remains open to alternative sources of legal authority, but only if they provide for strong, enforceable, and legally sustainable protections, like those in place today.” 8/30/17
  • Michael Beckerman, CEO, Internet Association: “Net neutrality is vital to our economy and while we strongly support the rules on the books at the FCC, we have also indicated a willingness to work with Congress to ensure strong enforceable net neutrality rules are left intact.” 7/17/2017
  • App Developers Alliance, technology coalition: “We believe that the proper way forward is a set of Net Neutrality rules, established by Congress, to finally put this issue to rest.” 6/5/2017
  • CALInnovates, technology advocacy group: “The Commission should withdraw the Title II Order and vigorously work with the Congress for the enactment of new legislation to strike the proper balance between governing the Internet where necessary and permitting and encouraging innovation.” 7/16/2017
  • LGBT Tech, technology advocacy group: “A comprehensive broadband bipartisan Congressional solution is essential to codifying and providing a stable environment where investment and innovation can thrive while safeguarding the open Internet policies needed to protect consumers.” 7/17/2017
  • California Technology Association: “A course correction is needed, and we believe the Commission’s proposal is a good start to getting back on track. Returning to the longstanding, successful “light touch” approach to internet regulation will remove barriers that are holding investment back” 8/30/17

ELECTED OFFICIALS

  • Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), Ranking Member, Senate Commerce Committee: “The time will come and we will sit down because enough people will realize at that point that you can’t keep having this herky-jerky policy of the FCC doing one thing and the courts doing another thing and it goes back and forth. Just get the thing settled into law.” 5/05/2017
  • Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Majority Leader: “I commend Chairman Pai for taking this preliminary step to address the issue, which will also open the door for bipartisan Congressional action to keep the Internet open for consumers — permanently.” 5/18/2017
  • Senator John Thune (R-SD), Chairman, Senate Commerce Committee: “True supporters of a free and open internet should spend their energy today driving leaders toward a lasting and bipartisan solution while rejecting efforts to politicize and further divide an emerging consensus about net neutrality protections.” 7/12/2017
  • Representative Joe Crowley (D-NY), Chairman, Democratic Caucus: “We must update our laws to make #netneutrality permanent.” 7/12/2017
  • Representative Greg Walden (R-OR), Chairman, House Energy and Commerce Committee: “…work with us on bipartisan legislation that preserves an open internet while not discouraging the investments necessary to fully connect all Americans. Too much is at stake to have this issue ping-pong between different FCC commissions and various courts over the next decade.” 7/11/2017
  • Representative Marsha Blackburn, Chair, House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee: “Let me be clear, Republicans have always supported a free and open Internet. We must move past the partisan rhetoric. Ranking Member Pallone said in 2010 that this is a job for Congress. I agree.” 7/25/2017

DIVERSITY, COMMUNITY & INDUSTRY LEADERS

  • Fred Royal, President, Milwaukee Chapter of NAACP: “Congress must begin the work to pass a net neutrality law that clearly spells out the rules of the road: no blocking, no throttling and no unfair discrimination. These rules should apply to all players in the Internet economy, instead of selectively applying them to just broadband providers. And unlike FCC regulations, which have been subject to an interminable cycle of judicial challenges and rulemaking proceedings, a legislative net neutrality solution would offer permanent protections.” 7/24/2017
  • Brian Raymond, Director, National Association of Manufacturers: “…NAM firmly believes it is necessary for Congress to act in this matter to make the internet permanently open.” 7/17/2017
  • League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC): “The FCC and Congress need to act now to protect the promise of a diverse and open Internet. Rather than limit your deliberations as to whether Network Neutrality Rules should be enforced through Title II or with a light touch, the FCC must question whether the existing rules are working as advertised or whether the Internet is fast becoming the most significant 21st century barrier to opportunity for low income and diverse Americans.” 8/30/17
  • Lindsey Lewis, Executive Director, Progressive Policy Institute: “This is a moment where real compromise and progress should be possible … [It’s fertile] ground for Congress to step in and solve the problem once and for all.” 6/05/2017
  • The National Grange, agricultural advocacy group: “The National Grange urges online activists to support the principles of net neutrality and to work together to codify net neutrality principles into law to remove any recently voiced ambiguity about free data and sponsored data programs being in compliance with the principles of net neutrality.” 2/07/2017
  • Coalition of Diversity Groups (e.g. Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council and U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce): “A comprehensive legislative solution is the only means to put an end to the regulatory see-saw that destabilizes markets, inhibits innovation, and depresses job growth.” 7/17/2017
  • Hispanic Technology & Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP) & MANA (National Latina Organization): “We remain committed to a straightforward policy with broad-based, bipartisan support, in contrast to the existing Title II utility framework that can hurt low income consumers, particularly Latinos stuck on the wrong side of the digital divide.” 8/30/17