U.S. Chamber Statement on FCC’s Net Neutrality Decision

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 1:15pm

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

“The Chamber strongly opposes the FCC’s decision to impose burdensome, archaic Title II regulations on broadband. Today’s action by the FCC will plunge the industry into years of litigation and cause extreme regulatory and market uncertainty.

“Applying 80 year-old rules designed for telephone monopolies to broadband just doesn’t make sense. It upends nearly two decades of bipartisan support for regulating the Internet with a light-touch.

“Net neutrality rules are a bad solution to a problem that doesn’t exist. An ‘open Internet’ has benefitted consumers, fostered innovation and investment, and changed our lives for the better. We should not shackle this dynamic and competitive market with rules from a bygone era.

“Congress—not unelected bureaucrats—should determine federal broadband policy and whether or not such a fundamental change is warranted. We urge Congress to provide the FCC with statutory guidance on this issue and their let intentions be known."

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