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Gary C. Peters

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July 14, 2014

Federal Communications Commission

445 1zth Street SW

Washington D.C. 20554

Dear Chairman Wheeler and Commissioners Clyburn, Rosenworcel, Pai, and O'Rielly:

As the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continues to accept comments on the

"Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet" proposal, I write to express my strong support for

FCC action that preserves an open Internet, safeguards free expression and consumer choice,

fosters innovation and competition, and promotes continued investment in our nation's

broadband networks. As you know, the Internet has become a critical tool that millions of

Americans rely on to communicate with others, relay and receive emergency messages, and run

their businesses. Transformative innovation made possible by our open Internet has been a

significant driver of economic growth and job creation across the United States in the past two

decades.

Just as you meet with stakeholders and solicit public comment, I regularly hear from

constituents, small businesses, and startups in Michigan about this critical issue. As a Co-Chair

of the bipartisan House Caucus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, I have serious concerns

about the impact the proposed rules may have on startups and small businesses. Fast-growing

startups in Michigan and across the country rely on broadband and the certainty provided by a

nondiscriminatory regulatory structure.

Allowing large, established corporations to purchase faster service puts these startups and small

businesses at a disadvantage and stifles innovation. If large corporations can pay more for faster

service for their content, this effectively creates a "slow lane" for everyone else. Fast-growing

startups create a disproportionate number of new jobs across the United States, and these

companies are the most negatively impacted when discriminatory rules create uncertainty and

threaten the open structure of the Internet. Now more than ever, a robust net neutrality

framework is critical to reaching the economic growth and job creation of which our nation is

capable.

As you know, there have been significant developments in broadband and other

telecommunications technology since the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was signed into law.

While I believe Congress should engage in a comprehensive legislative process to examine

updating this law, consumers, small businesses, startups, and investors cannot wait for Congress

to act, thereby necessitating FCC rulemaking action in the short- and mid-term.

As these rules move through the public comment process and continue towards promulgation, I

urge that you protect consumers and companies on both mobile and fixed platforms against

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discrimination, blocking, and paid prioritization. Transparency and accountability for service

providers and regulators alike is vital.

I join the other Members of Congress, stakeholders, and citizens who have written to urge you to

consider all jurisdictional bases, including Title II authority with appropriate forbearance, to

protect speakers and innovators.

It is my hope that an inclusive public comment period for the "Protecting and Promoting the

Open Internet" proposal and further FCC consideration will yield a final rule that bars

discrimination, demonstrates a commitment to meaningful network neutrality, protects

innovation and free speech online, and promotes continued large-scale investment in broadband

networks, both in Michigan and across our nation.

Gary C. Peters

Member of Congress

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