2018-03-28 / Front Page

Crowley, FCC Commissioner Hold Net Neutrality Roundtable With Students

Chair of the House Democratic Caucus Joe Crowley was joined by FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, students and administrators at CUNY Prep in the Bronx to discuss the future of net neutrality.Chair of the House Democratic Caucus Joe Crowley was joined by FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, students and administrators at CUNY Prep in the Bronx to discuss the future of net neutrality.Chair of the House Democratic Caucus Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) was joined by FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn on March 20 for a discussion on net neutrality with students and administrators at CUNY Prep High School in Pelham Parkway, the Bronx.

During the roundtable, students asked Chairman Crowley and Commissioner Clyburn about the future of net neutrality and their efforts to secure a free and open internet.

“Net neutrality directly impacts the next generation of business owners and entrepreneurs, which is why it’s so important to have these discussions with the students of America,” said Crowley. “The Trump administration’s decision to dismantle net neutrality was an attack on American innovation, but we’ll continue to fight back to ensure a free and open internet is available to all Americans. I want to thank the students and faculty at CUNY Prep for inviting me and Commissioner Clyburn to join them and for leading the fight for net neutrality protections here in the Bronx.”   

Crowley and Clyburn also discussed the national impact of net neutrality’s repeal and how the Trump administration’s decision will hurt students, business owners, entrepreneurs, and anyone who relies on the internet to carry out their daily responsibilities. A recording of that discussion can be found at www.facebook.com/repjoecrowley/videos/1858124287565749/.  

“I was truly inspired during a roundtable discussion on net neutrality in the Bronx with students from CUNY Prep,” said Clyburn. “Chairman Crowley and the school administrators who made it possible for me to hear first-hand from our next generation of leaders are to be commended for supporting those digital natives who—at such a young age—recognize the importance of a free and open internet and affordable connectivity.”

In November 2017, FCC Chair Ajit Pai, appointed by President Trump, announced plans to dismantle net neutrality protections. The protections, initially implemented by the FCC in 2015 under President Obama, prohibited internet service providers (ISPs) from blocking or slowing down internet-based content.

A longtime advocate for consumer rights, Crowley called on his Democratic and Republican colleagues in Congress to implement net neutrality protections immediately following Pai’s announcement. Crowley’s statement on the repeal of net neutrality protections can be found at crowley.house.gov/press-release/chairman-crowley-statement-trump-administration-repeal-net-neutrality-rules.

 

 


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