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Committee Leaders Comment to FCC Broadband Report

Jan 28, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders commented on the Federal Communications Commission’s adoption of its broadband progress report.

“Moving the goalposts in the middle of the game is not productive, and it is not fair. When the FCC changed its definition of broadband Internet in 2015, it did not act out of necessity or market need, but rather to expand its power over job creators and Internet service providers,” said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), and subcommittee Vice Chairman Bob Latta (R-OH).

The leaders continued, “We live in the most innovative and dynamic country in the world. Ensuring that all Americans have access to broadband Internet has long been a priority of this committee. The law is clear - the commission's job is to objectively look at the state of deployment and empower America's broadband infrastructure builders to invest.  Today's decision instead empowers only the FCC's bureaucracy."