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Statement on Sen. Mikulski’s Push for Anti-Net Neutrality Riders

December 2, 2015
Press contact: Mark Stanley, 202.681.7582
Email: [email protected]

Potential riders to a must-pass government funding bill are being considered by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), the ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Committee, this week. These riders pose serious threats to net neutrality — one provision would severely hamstring the FCC’s ability to enforce its open Internet rules. The following statement can be attributed to Demand Progress Executive Director David Segal:

”Sen. Mikulski’s consideration of these harmful riders, which are being pushed by the telecom industry and its lobbyists, in a secretive process and out of the view of the public is a cynical political move and an incredible affront to the years-long process that led to the FCC’s historic Title II ruling, as well as the millions of people who have spoken out in favor of net neutrality,” said David Segal. “Netroots groups, including Demand Progress, have already contacted over 100,000 people in Maryland, Sen. Mikulski’s home state, asking them to speak out against these harmful riders, and we have no plans on letting up until the riders are dropped.”