Heinrich Statement On FCC Vote To Dismantle Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement today in response to the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) party line vote to overturn net neutrality protections:

“As a staunch supporter of net neutrality, I'm appalled that the FCC is choosing to ignore the comments of millions of Americans, including many from New Mexico, who want to keep these protections in place. This is another example of the Trump administration ignoring the will of the American people and doing away with commonsense protections.

“By repealing net neutrality, internet providers will be able to create 'fast lanes' for favored content, while leaving everything else in a 'slow lane.' Small businesses and creative entrepreneurs in New Mexico could face significant obstacles in the pay-to-play environment created by the FCC's proposal, and all internet users could pay more or experience slower broadband speed and blocked content.

“A free and open internet is essential to fostering innovation and education, and promoting civic engagement. I will continue fighting for rules that ensure free speech, protect consumers, and preserve competition.”

Senator Heinrich is cosponsoring a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would undo today’s action by the FCC and restore the 2015 net neutrality rules.