Cantwell Statement on FCC’s Net Neutrality Order

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) issued the following statement after the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) published its Open Internet order.

“This order sets clear, enforceable rules that will protect net neutrality and benefit consumers and innovators across the nation,” Cantwell said. “But the battle isn’t over. We must continue to defend an open Internet and prevent the creation of a two-tiered system.”

The new rules were approved Feb. 26.

Cantwell has been a leader in defending net neutrality and equal access for all Internet users. In January, Cantwell led a roundtable of technology companies and internet stakeholders to underscore the importance of net neutrality rules to the Internet economy. She also spearheaded a letter with 10 other Senators calling on Congressional leaders to preserve four tenets of net neutrality: No blocking content, no paid prioritization, no throttling, and greater transparency. 

The Internet is a $638 billion economic force, according to data in a McKinsey Global Institute report. Washington state has 191,000 internet economy jobs – and was ranked by CNBC as one of the top 5 states for innovation.  Washington also has the nation’s second-highest rate of broadband users – 88.4 percent use a fixed or mobile broadband connection.