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Kerry asks Copps and Clyburn to Vote Yes on Net Neutrality

December 9, 2010

Chairman of the Senate Commerce Communications Subcommittee John Kerry wrote Democratic FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Michael Copps Thursday morning urging them to vote yes on the agency's December vote on net neutrality.

The open Internet proceeding is "an important effort to enshrine in regulation the concept that the cable or telephone company that delivers broadband service to Americans is neutral on the question of who wins or loses, and who gets to speak or is silenced on the Internet," Kerry wrote. "I am writing to ask you to support it."

The letter comes in the wake of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's distribution of a net neutrality proposal last week. The order, which needs a total of three votes to be adopted, will be considered at the commission's monthly open meeting on December 21st. Both Republican commissioners have come out against the proposal leaving its chances of success resting on Clyburn and Copps.

Kerry gently cajoled the commissioners not to let perfect be the enemy of progress.
"Were I a member of the commission, I would support the chairman with some reservations," he wrote. "Given what I know of the order, I would ultimately vote in favor."

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