WASHINGTON, DC—Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved network neutrality rules designed to ensure continued unrestricted use by consumers of websites, online services and applications, on an equal-access basis, a goal AARP supports.
The new rules reclassify broadband Internet as a “regulated transmission service” under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act.
“With reclassification in place, broadband network operators will not be able to cut deals with certain content providers and online services at the expense of their competition that could potentially harm consumers,” said Nancy LeaMond, Executive Vice President, State and National Group, AARP. “Today’s FCC action is a victory for consumers who have come to depend upon reliable, open Internet access to content, applications, and services.”
In comments filed with the FCC last July, AARP said, “The widespread availability of high quality and affordable broadband connections -- both fixed and mobile -- can enable new applications and services, including new methods of delivering healthcare and support for independent living -- issues that are of pressing importance for older Americans.”
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