WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) released the following statement on the Open Internet Preservation Act, introduced today by Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).
“I thank Chairman Blackburn for taking the initiative to put forward legislation to help solve a very complicated problem. Now that the Federal Communications Commission has taken action to restore Title I, it’s up to Congress to codify a light-touch framework while providing certainty and bright-line protections for consumers. The bill introduced today kicks off this important conversation, and lays the groundwork for Congress to enact broadly bipartisan principles that will preserve the dynamic internet ecosystem that has driven so much growth and innovation over the last two decades. I hope our Democratic colleagues will rethink their public strategy to ‘litigate not legislate’ as we begin this serious legislative effort,” said Chairman Walden.