U.S. Chamber Statement on FCC Chairman Wheeler's Title II Proposal

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 2:15pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President for the Environment, Technology, & Regulatory Affairs Bill Kovacs today issued the following statement on Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler’s decision to regulate broadband under Title II of the “Communications Act”:

“The Chamber strongly opposes FCC Chairman Wheeler’s intent to impose heavy-handed, antiquated Title II regulations on broadband. By going down a path that reverses nearly two decades of bipartisan support for regulating the Internet with a light-touch, Chairman Wheeler jeopardizes the tremendous innovation and private-sector investment that we have seen in the broadband marketplace.

“Congress is currently attempting to craft legislation that would provide the FCC statutory guidance on this issue, creating certainty regarding the FCC’s authority in this area. In contrast, Chairman Wheeler’s approach will plunge the industry into years of litigation and cause extreme regulatory and market uncertainty. Congress—not unelected bureaucrats—should be responsible for determining federal broadband policy and whether or not such a fundamental change is warranted.”

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