February 15, 2024


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched a seven-figure advertising program to voice the concern of the business community regarding a pattern of regulatory overreach in the broadband marketplace by the Biden Administration.

The 12-week program will run in the Washington, D.C. area and feature a 30-second advertisement that calls on the Administration to focus on closing the digital divide, not harmful government micromanagement that undermines public and private sector broadband investments.

“Trying to regulate modern broadband and 5G high-speed networks like the early days of the telephone is a disservice to Americans,” said Neil Bradley, Executive Vice President, Chief Policy Officer, and Head of Strategic Advocacy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “The regulatory onslaught from the FCC is an attempt to resurrect failed Internet price controls and the public utility-style policies of the 1930’s — hindering efforts to bridge the digital divide. Heavy-handed government intervention has proven to cut off private sector investments in broadband deployment and innovation, while undermining bipartisan efforts to expand Internet access. If these policies are allowed to stand, they risk delaying or denying Americans an Internet connection.

“This campaign will shine a light on this regulatory overreach and urge Congress to rein in these excesses and put America’s connectivity efforts back on track.”

Recently, the Chamber filed a lawsuit against the FCC in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit over the Commission’s overbroad and counterproductive broadband rule. The Chamber also filed comments with the FCC and spearheaded a letter with state and local chambers urging the agency not to impose heavy-handed Title II regulation on broadband.