Washington D.C. (January 16, 2015) – Sprint Corporation today told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that the company supports Net Neutrality regardless of the legal authority the FCC uses to enforce it. The company, the third largest wireless carrier network in the United States, is the latest in a long line of users, activists, start ups, investors and companies to express support for reclassifying broadband Internet accesses under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.
“For years, Internet Service Providers have been claiming that Net Neutrality would be harmful. They can’t sell the truth – that ending Net Neutrality would be extremely profitable for the largest companies at the expense of everyone else. They’ve hid behind false claims about ‘innovation’ and network investment, but this announcement finally acknowledges the truth. Net Neutrality will not harm broadband deployment. The argument is over,” said David Segal, Executive Director of Demand Progress. “If anyone continues this zombie argument, their credibility should be questioned.”
In a letter to FCC commissioners and Chairman Wheeler, Sprint wrote that the company does not believe “light touch application of Title II, including appropriate forebearance, would harm continued investment in, and deployment of, mobile broadband Internet.”
“Sprint has done the people a service by simply telling the truth about how wireless broadband works. Net Neutrality used to be an unknown policy debate. Yet, Internet uses – i.e. potential customers – care strongly about this issue and are willing to vote with their feet. Verizon and Comcast should pay attention,” added Segal.
After working on the issue for nearly a year, FCC is poised to vote on rules reclassifying broadband access under Title II. Next week, however, the House Energy and Commerce and Senate Commerce committees are scheduled to hold hearings.
“Sprint’s support for Title II Net Neutrality rules from the FCC should end the charade in Congress that is clearly aimed at satisfying big cable monopolies. The FCC has done great work and Congress should not try to step in to undermine the will of millions of Americans and hundreds of web platforms, small ISPs, and now Sprint,” said Segal.