Paul Spencer, Democratic candidate for Arkansas's Second Congressional District, released the following statement today following the FCC vote to dismantle Net Neutrality.
Candidate Spencer provided the following statement:
"Today, the Trump administration and the Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai have taken steps to commoditize the free exchange of information. By repealing Title II enforcement of Net Neutrality provisions, they are bestowing even greater concentrated power and profits upon companies like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T.
In 1934, we created the FCC to ensure that our communications infrastructure was used for the benefit of all Americans, rather than just for the profit of a few large monopolies. Now, before many Arkansans in rural communities have attained even basic access to broadband networks, the administration has renounced this nearly century-long guarantee to suit the desires of a greedy few.
To say that repealing Net Neutrality is for “the betterment of the consumer” is simply untrue. This harms all American consumers, by discouraging competition, slowing innovation, and eroding online public discourse.
Our Congress and our Representatives should be fighting to restore true Net Neutrality, and they should affirm that the Internet is not a commodity, but a public utility to be protected and used for the service and betterment of all people.