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Statement On Reports Of Threats And Hateful Speech In The Net Neutrality Debate

Internet Association President & CEO Michael Beckerman released the following statement on reports of threats and hateful speech in the net neutrality debate:

“Threats and racist remarks directed at Chairman Pai – or any person – are wrong. Chairman Pai is a decent and kind person, and while we disagree on net neutrality, I have tremendous respect for him. Internet Association and its members are committed to an open and safe environment online for internet users to freely express themselves. That commitment extends to public policy discussions. Hateful or threatening speech in any form is counter to our mission and values. The merits of net neutrality can be articulated with both passion and respect. We stand with the millions of people who advocate for a free and open internet but also strongly denounce the use of hateful or threatening language to achieve this goal. ”