Markey Joins Symbolic Slowdown

Urges FCC to Reclassify ISPs Under Title II Regs

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) long a net neutrality proponent and Big Media critic has joined the Sept. 10 Internet Slowdown protest and the overarching Battle for Net Neutrality campaign.

His office announced Wednesday that it would be boasting the "loading icon." The protest, aimed at the FCC's ongoing review of network neutrality rules, features a symbolic, rather than actual, slowing of Web sites to remind Web surfers of what an Internet slow lane would look like.

Markey has long advocated for reclassifying broadband under Title II common carrier regs, though critics of reclassification say that would not prevent pay-for-play priority.

“Net neutrality is as basic to the functioning of the Internet as nondiscrimination is to the U.S. Constitution," said Markey. "An open Internet enables freedom of expression and the sharing of ideas across town or across the globe.  That openness is at stake if the FCC allows broadband behemoths to play traffic cop, discriminating against some, while letting those who can afford to sail on by.

“Today, I stand in solidarity with the ‘net-izens’ of the world to show what the Internet would look like with fast and slow lanes. The battle for net neutrality is the battle for our online future. I urge the FCC to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II, which will enable the Commission to put the strongest rules on the books to prevent discrimination.”

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