February 26, 2015

Udall Statement on FCC's Adoption of New Net Neutrality Rules

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed a vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to approve updated open Internet rules. The new rules prevent broadband providers from blocking or throttling lawful online content and ban agreements between broadband providers and online companies that create Internet "toll lanes."

Udall has been outspoken in his support for a free and open Internet for all Americans. In November, he visited Albuquerque's Levitated Toy Factory and met with its co-owner Jared Tarbell, who also co-founded Etsy, to discuss the essential role of an open and fair Internet in helping New Mexico small businesses like Levitated and e-commerce platforms like Etsy to thrive.

"Net neutrality is about leveling the playing field, and today I join thousands of New Mexicans in celebrating this victory for grassroots Internet users, innovators and entrepreneurs. These strong rules by the FCC to protect the open Internet will ensure it remains a platform for free expression, promotes innovation, and helps online entrepreneurs compete on a level playing field with established companies.

"Too many New Mexicans are already stuck in an Internet slow lane. As Congress looks to update our nation's communications laws, I will continue to work in a bipartisan manner to ensure that every New Mexican has access to high-speed broadband."