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Expanded Support to Sustain Net Neutrality 

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With the FCC plan to eliminate net neutrality heading toward becoming a formal regulation, opponents are now moving on two fronts.  First, 21 states and the District of Columbia filed suit in federal court to block the FCC’s turnabout. In the Senate, Democrats claim to be near the 51-vote tipping point to block the plan. Second, the Internet Association, which represents such as Netflix, Google, Apple, and Facebook, stepped in for the first time to oppose the switch away from net neutrality.

Xavier Becerra, California’s Attorney General joined the nationwide lawsuit, and issued this statement:

The online world should be preserved against imposed fees and limitations. Internet access is a utility — just like water and electricity.  Net neutrality is a guideline that protects all Internet users.

It should be mentioned that we had intended for CUE sponsored, Assembly Joint Resolution No.7 to support making the Internet a public utility as was done in 1934 for telephone service under the Rural Electrification Act. 

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John Cradler

Mr. Cradler’s education career began as a school psychologist, followed by special projects, assessment, and technology and policy administrative work at San Mateo COE, WestEd, Council of Chief State School Officers, U.S. Office Science and Technology Policy, and as a consultant to variety of public and private entities across the country. He co-authored the 1996 White House recommendations informing Federal legislation (s.1040) expanding the Internet to education, and principal writer of the 1992 Education Technology Act, establishing the U.S. DoE Ed. Technology Office and co-developed the Goals 2000 National Educational Technology Plan. In California, he played the leadership role in the development of the1992 CA Educational Technology Master Plan and initiation of State bills related to education technology support, professional development, courseware evaluation, administrative applications, known as CTP, CTAP, SETS, CLRN, and TICAL along with Resolutions related to rural internet access and net neutrality. He has served as the Legislation and Policy Consultant for state and national education associations and currently with CUE for the past 30 years and received awards for research, legislative, and policy work from entities including CUE, ISTE, SETDA, CoSN, and the U.S. DoE and has been a member of CUE since 1985.