WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswomen Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo Counties) made the following statement today in response to President Obama’s remarks on net neutrality:

“As Representative of one of the most innovative districts in the nation, I am pleased to hear the President voice support for net neutrality. The protection of a free and open internet is essential for the millions of Americans who browse the web every day and for online giants such as Facebook, YouTube, and thousands of companies in my district that rely on fast and fair internet access. Access to free-flowing information through a vibrant broadband internet system stems from the guarantees of the Bill of Rights, and it is imperative for U.S. competitiveness and innovation in today's global economy.

“The Internet has become an essential resource for all Americans, whether they are looking for up to date news, chatting with friends, or watching videos of puppies. We cannot leave wealthy and well-connected companies to decide where and how quickly traffic should flow.

“Millions of Americans, including thousands of my own constituents, have voiced their support for net neutrality. Since its inception, the Internet has played an important role acting as an open space for communication, innovation, and market access, but this growth depends on the Internet’s status as a neutral platform of information sharing. Without net neutrality, network owners could prevent access to content by slowing down, degrading, or even blocking pages. The FCC must act swiftly to preserve a neutral internet with open, uniform network access to this important 21st century resource.”