Statement on Historic Net Neutrality Vote

Statement from Engine Policy Director Evan Engstrom
Re: Historic FCC Net Neutrality Vote

Today the FCC took a momentous step to secure the future of an open Internet. With today's vote the FCC has stated loud and clear that the Internet must remain a level playing field. This decision will not only allow today's startups to compete and grow and create new jobs, but it will also allow future generations of innovators to develop world-changing technologies that we can't yet even imagine. And while these rules may not prevent all future exploitation by Internet Service Providers, they are a tremendous victory for the Internet community in its efforts to fight discrimination.

We're grateful to Chairman Wheeler and Commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel for their commitment to net neutrality. And we also know that none of this would have been possible without the unprecedented efforts of thousands of startups around the country. It was their hard work that turned back a potentially devastating defeat, and it was their voices that convinced the FCC to enact the strongest protections the Internet has ever seen. 

Today is a day for celebration, but our work is far from finished. In the months and years ahead we'll continue to harness the incredible energy of our startup community to combat future threats to an open Internet, and to ensure all startups can access the tools they need to thrive.