Statement on Net Neutrality
Reno: Clint Koble, a Democratic candidate for the Congressional District 2 seat presently occupied by Republican Mark Amodei, today expressed his support for yesterday’s US Senate vote to overturn the Republican supported FCC ruling repealing Obama-era net neutrality rules.
“I’m delighted that the US Senate voted to support Senator Markey’s resolution to overturn the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) party line vote to repeal Obama-era ‘net neutrality’ rules,” said Koble. “The Senate voted 52 to 47 with three Republicans joining all the Senate Democrats to eliminate the December FCC ruling. That December partisan move by the FCC allowed internet service providers like AT&T and Comcast to block or censor websites, deciding who gets access and who doesn’t.”
The FCC earlier published its rules in the Federal Register allowing them to take place on June 11. “These new rules allowing providers the power over what consumers can access are contrary to the public interest,” Koble added. “These big companies like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T will be able to throttle competition, potentially hurting businesses across America. They’ll also be able to favor their own business interests over others’. In fact, the FCC chair is a former employee of Verizon,” said Koble.
Meanwhile, Nevada’s Congressman Mark Amodei has apparently refused to take a position on the FCC’s actions. “While there is a lot of misinformation and emotion out there, what Chairman Pai is attempting to do is rollback some of the most stringent regulations implemented under the Obama Administration,” Amodei says on his website. In contrast, voters in Amodei’s district favor net neutrality by a margin of 67-24 percent.