In response to today’s final rulemaking from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Neil Bradley, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement.
“The Chamber believes that discriminatory actions should be prohibited. Unfortunately, the FCC’s rulemaking goes well beyond its authority and instead pursues a policy agenda aimed at micromanaging broadband providers through price controls, terms of service requirements, and counterproductive labor provisions.
“Today’s rule will only make it harder to bridge the digital divide by undermining the historic investment in broadband access included in the bipartisan infrastructure bill. This approach reverses progress for the millions of Americans still shut out from access to reliable, high-speed internet. For unserved communities and small businesses, being connected to learning, family, healthcare, and opportunity is essential to participating in the 21st-century digital economy.
“The Chamber is committed to ensuring all Americans have reliable and fast broadband access and will be exploring all legal avenues to hold the agency responsible for its overreach and counterproductive rule.”