AGRICULTURE , NUTRITION ,
COMMERCE, SC IENCE,
WASHI NGTON, DC 20510
JOINT ECONOMIC COM MITIEE
RULES AND ADM INISTRATION
The Honorable Tom Wheeler
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th St. SW
Washington, DC 20554
Dear Chairman Wheeler:
The Internet has already transformed the way Americans conduct business, visit their doctor, earn an education
and engage in commerce. Even more promising is the potential that the Internet holds to continue driving
economic growth, spurring innovation, giving a voice to those who have been silenced and expanding
opportunities across the globe. For the Internet to remain the great tool of democracy, it must be protected and
remain free. As the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) considers new open Internet rules, it is essential
that they are clear and effective.
In the wake of the ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit earlier this year, the FCC must of
course take action and aggressively pursue new open Internet rules. Since the court's decision, hundreds of
thousands of individuals, businesses, consumer advocates, interest groups and legal experts have contacted the
FCC to provide feedback on how best to protect an open Internet that will continue to protect consumers and
encourage economic growth. I believe there are legitimate concerns about the May 2014 FCC proposed rule
regarding the authority under existing law the FCC may use to make critical decisions regarding the future
regulatory landscape and the types of business agreements that could be permitted.
Internet users, consumers and businesses deserve a level playing field when it comes to accessing and using the
Internet. That's why I strongly encourage you to consider all of the ideas presented that would ensure that online
discrimination does not become the reality of the Internet, including asserting the FCC's authority under Title II of
the Communications Act to meet this goal.
In addition, as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights
Subcommittee, I have a strong interest in ensuring robust competition for all users of the Internet. An open and
fair Internet marketplace is essential to that end and antitrust law alone cannot prevent discrimination and
anticompetitive practices, nor does it account for important societal values of consumer protection and civic
In order for the Internet to remain open and free, we must have clear rules of the road in place that protect
consumers and provide the private sector with the certainty needed to invest and innovate.
Thank you for your consideration and your attention to this issue.
United States Senator
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