By Kim Hart - 04/06/10 05:23 PM EDT
Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), a senior member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, told the FCC to "take any actions necessary to ensure that consumers and competition are protected on the Internet."
Markey is the co-author of net neutrality legislation--the Internet Freedom Preservation Act-- in the House with California Democrats Anna Eshoo and Henry Waxman. He pointed out that the court did not question the wisdom behind net neutrality policies.
"We are now at a crucial crossroads -- do we preserve the historic openness of the Internet, which has made it the most successful communications medium of all time, or do we enable Comcast and other communications colossi to erect fast lanes and slow lanes that stifle the ingenuity and investment that have characterized the Internet since its inception?" he said.
"I will also continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to provide the Commission any additional authority it may need to ensure the openness of the Internet for consumers, innovators and investors," he said. "Clearly, the Court’s decision must not be the final word on this vitally important matter, and I intend to work vigorously to ensure an open Internet for generations to come."