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FCC Should Include Stronger Protections for Openness in Redefining 'Net Neutrality'

Washington

In response to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's proposed new rules to guarantee an open Internet, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“The FCC's proposal on net neutrality has the potential to skew the information landscape in favor of large content providers able to pay for preferential treatment, and it could also set a dangerous precedent for countries that model their policy on that of the United States,” said Sanja Kelly, project director for Freedom on the Net at Freedom House. “In less democratic countries, where most online content providers are state-owned and censored, authorities would have the perfect excuse to begin giving faster lanes of access to pro-government outlets, skewing the ability of democratic opposition to get their message across.”

The United States is rated Free in Freedom in the World 2014, Freedom of the Press 2014, and Freedom on the Net 2013.

To learn more, visit:
Freedom in the World 2013: United States
Freedom of the Press 2013: United States
Freedom on the Net 2013: United States
Blog: Freedom at Issue

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