This article originally appeared on the Internet Associate blog.
Internet Association President & CEO Michael Beckerman issued the following statement on the announcement of Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to gut net neutrality protections:
“Chairman Pai’s proposal, if implemented, represents the end of net neutrality as we know it and defies the will of millions of Americans who support the 2015 Open Internet Order. This proposal undoes nearly two decades of bipartisan agreement on baseline net neutrality principles that protect Americans’ ability to access the entire internet.
“The 2015 Order created bright-line, enforceable net neutrality protections that guarantee consumers access to the entire internet and preserve competition online. This proposal fails to achieve any of these objectives. Consumers have little choice in their ISP, and service providers should not be allowed to use this gatekeeper position at the point of connection to discriminate against websites and apps.
“Internet Association and our members will continue our work to ensure net neutrality protections remain the law of the land.”