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On Tuesday morning, the United States Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit ruled that much of the FCC’s 2017 repeal of the rules would be upheld, but also threw out a portion of it that blocked states from enacting their own laws.
Sanders, who has long been a proponent of net neutrality, quickly blasted the decision, saying that it gave more “power” to internet service providers.
“This ruling threatens to give more power to unaccountable companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon over what we see and do on the internet,” Sanders tweeted on Tuesday. “We must fight to keep the internet free and open—not dominated by corporations. This struggle is essential to free speech and democracy.”
This ruling threatens to give more power to unaccountable companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon over what we see and do on the internet.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) October 1, 2019
We must fight to keep the internet free and open—not dominated by corporations. This struggle is essential to free speech and democracy. https://t.co/9xZGpt7rpK
Sanders is one of several 2020 Democrats who have said, if elected president, they would appoint FCC commissioners who promised to reinstate the rules.
The Vermont senator’s 2020 campaign told the Daily Dot in late July that if elected he would “appoint FCC commissioners who will reinstate net neutrality protections and make sure that giant corporations treat all content and traffic equally.”
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).