Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) issued the following statement after the FCC’s net neutrality vote:
“An open internet is critical to promoting prosperity and innovation with the power to enhance our lives, communities, and markets. The internet is an essential resource and Americans should have access to the information they want, not the information specific entities choose to make available.
“Today’s vote means that it is now Congress’ responsibility to pass legislation that codifies in law the principles of net neutrality to preserve an open internet and ensure that companies can invest in a robust broadband infrastructure. Families in our district have very few choices in internet service providers, which is why it is critical for Congress to now pass legislation to protect the North Country’s access to online information.
“Congress should begin holding hearings with internet service providers and web companies and begin the process of drafting this legislation. I will be engaging with my colleagues on the path forward and will continue to work to preserve an open, accessible internet.”