For Immediate Release
December 15, 2017
Albuquerque, NM — Yesterday, on a 3 to 2 vote, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed Obama-era net neutrality rules, despite an overwhelming majority of Democrats, Republicans and Independents supporting these rules.
Deb Haaland, candidate for Congress in NM-1, released the following statement on the FCC’s action:
I am disappointed and frustrated by the FCC’s decision to ignore the vast majority of Americans across the political spectrum, and instead side with corporations that now have the power to manipulate internet access based on who can pay more. This decision hurts small businesses and startups in New Mexico, and hurts consumers — especially in rural parts of our state where people already have to pay more for satellite access.
Net Neutrality is internet freedom. A free and open internet is crucial for innovation and the exchange of information and ideas. It allows grassroots communities to organize and mobilize against injustice across our nation and the globe. It’s good for business, consumers, and our entire economy.
I urge Congress to use the power afforded to them to overturn this decision, and protect the American people from this historic mistake.
Deb Haaland is running for New Mexico’s First Congressional District seat, and would be the first Native American woman elected to U.S. Congress. As the first Native American woman to chair a state party, Deb led New Mexico Democrats in 2016 to flip its State House from red to blue, expand the Democratic majority in the Senate, elect a Democrat Secretary of State, and hand a decisive victory to Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.
Deb is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna, is a former small businesswoman, and was the first woman elected to Chair the Laguna Development Corporation Board of Directors. She is a UNM Law School graduate and single mom to Somah, who recently graduated from UNM with a BA in Theater.
Learn more about Deb and her campaign at DebforCongress.com.