Washington, DC – Internet Association President & CEO Michael Beckerman released the following statement on the introduction of the Open Internet Preservation Act by Chairman Marsha Blackburn:
“The internet industry supports a lasting solution that enshrines strong, enforceable net neutrality protections for consumers into law. While Chairman Blackburn’s bill in its current form isn’t that solution, she should be commended for moving this conversation forward.
“The proposal circulated today does not meet the criteria for basic net neutrality protections – including bright-line rules and a ban on paid prioritization – and will not provide consumers the protections they need to have guaranteed access to the entire internet. Net neutrality in name only is not enough to protect our economy or the millions of Americans that want and rely on these rules. Real net neutrality legislation should be bipartisan and have input from other stakeholders, including the user community, public interest groups, and industry. Internet Association has and will continue to work with all stakeholders in every relevant venue to ensure consumers are protected.”