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Statement on Court's Decision Against Rehearing Open Internet Case

05.01.2017

Background: Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said the full court will not hear an appeal of the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet order.

The following statement can be attributed to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

“We’re gratified that three of the D.C. Circuit judges wanted to rehear the case and that the FCC itself is now considering new rules to move back to investment and consumer-friendly net neutrality policies. Broadband innovators strongly support net neutrality and will continue efforts to promote policies that encourage investment and innovation in America’s broadband networks, consistent with the deregulatory structure of the 1996 Telecom Act. At the end of the day, we agree with Judge Brown that when it comes to establishing a vision for the internet, any ‘orthodox view of checks and balances leaves the choice of vision to Congress.’ We will continue to review our legal options going forward to fully protect our open internet, and to connect all Americans to the promise and potential of broadband.”