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Congressman Ro Khanna

Representing the 17th District of California

VIDEO: Rep. Khanna – FCC Chair a ‘Poster Child’ Putting Corporate Interests Over the Public

February 7, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) took to the House floor this evening to address the recent announcement made by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai revoking Lifeline Broadband Provider status to nine companies that provide broadband access to low-income households.

Watch the video on C-SPAN.

In his speech, Rep. Khanna notes that is should be easier for low-income families to get affordable broadband access, not more difficult. Chairman Pai’s actions are just another example of the Trump administration putting corporate interests ahead of that of the public. This decision undercuts the companies' ability to provide low-cost Internet access to low-income Americans and is just the most recent example of the Trump administration taking action that impacts our nation’s most vulnerable. Rep. John Garamendi (CA-3) is also featured in the exchange.

“He is writing the rules of modern day capitalism in a way that privileges these elite telecom companies, with concentrated economic power, at the expense of low income Americans,” said Rep. Khanna. “This Congress must stand united to make sure an unelected bureaucrat doesn’t get to write the rules of our economy in favor of wealthy interests at the expense of ordinary Americans.”

Rep. Khanna is asking other members of Congress to join with him on this issue, and a “Dear Colleague” letter is being circulated to House offices.

About the Office

Congressman Khanna represents the 17th District of California, which covers communities in Silicon Valley. Visit his website at khanna.house.gov. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter @RepRoKhanna.

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