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MICHAEL M. HONDA

COMMITTEE ·ON APPROPRIATIONS

17TH DISTRICT, CALIFORNIA

SUBCOMMITTEES:

COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE

WASHINGTON OFFICE:

LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES,

1713 LONGWORTH HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING

EDUCATION

WASHINGTON, DC 20515

PHONE: (2021 225-2631

SENIOR WHIP

FAX:

(2021 225-2699

http://www.honda.house.gov

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June 6, 2014

The Honorable Tom Wheeler

Chairman

Federal Communications Commission

445 12th Street, SW

Washington, DC 20554

Dear Chairman Wheeler,

Like many Americans, I have been closely following your efforts to protect an open Internet. Several

weeks ago, I joined 35 of my colleagues in the House of Representatives on a letter urging you, and the

rest of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), to consider using Title II of the

Telecommunications Act to reclassify Internet service providers as common carriers, thus giving the FCC

the ability to protect the open Internet. I joined with businesses, investors, nonprofit organizations, and

individuals who contacted the FCC to express concerns about your proposal, and to encourage

enforceable Net Neutrality rules. As the Representative for Silicon Valley, the innovation heart of the

Internet, I invite you and the other FCC commissioners to visit my district and engage with the tech

community as you consider how best to protect an open and free Internet.

Companies ranging from small start-ups to established corporations have cautioned you and the other

commissioners that the proposal under consideration at the FCC could have significant negative impacts

on their businesses. I share these concerns. The creation of any type of priority Internet fast lane,

monitored only by a new and complex regulatory standard that the Commission has yet to develop, would

stifle innovation and create a tiered, privileged Internet. Additionally, I share the concerns raised by

nonprofits and advocacy groups about the impact your current proposal could have on free speech rights

and online organizing.

During the May 15th Open Commission Meeting, Commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel encouraged

direct engagement with the public in light of the importance of this issue and the great interest in an open

and free Internet. I strongly support their sentiments, and encourage you to visit Silicon Valley and meet

with the businesses, entrepreneurs, and Internet users who will be impacted by any rules you ultimately

put in place. The decisions facing the Commission are too important to our economy and civil society, to

be informed only by those who have regular access to the FCC. I look forward to working with your

office to arrange a public meeting between you, your fellow Commissioners, and my constituents. Your

staff may contact Dr. Mark Mozena in my office at mark.mozena@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-2631 to

discuss the details.

Sincerely,

~

Mike Honda

Member of Congress

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