In letters sent today to the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), the Center for Individual Freedom (“CFIF”) joined with more than 150 other organizations, state legislators and bloggers in urging the FCC to abandon its plans to regulate the Internet.
The letters were organized by Americans for Tax Reform. One of the letters reads in part:
“Despite universal acknowledgement that Americans enjoy a free, open, and vibrant Internet, the FCC is relentlessly pursuing a massive regulatory regime that would stifle broadband expansion, create congestion, slow Internet speeds, jeopardize job retention and growth, and lead to higher prices for consumers.
We oppose the FCC’s effort to regulate the Internet under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934, which was written during the depression era to regulate telephone monopolies – 60 years before the Internet was ever conceived. … This regulatory ‘reclassification’ would effectively turn innovative private Internet services into a public utility.”
“The already free and open Internet has sparked unprecedented growth and innovation over the last decade precisely because it hasn’t been burdened with unnecessary regulation and taxation,” said CFIF President Jeffrey Mazzella. “The reckless desires of three unelected FCC commissioners and a few radical fringe groups on the left that wish to turn the Internet into a government-controlled public utility now threaten to grind those wheels of Internet growth and innovation to a halt.
“The Courts have spoken. A rare bipartisan majority in Congress opposes the FCC’s plans. And, the American people reject this unnecessary and job-killing regulatory regime sought by the FCC,” Mazzella continued. “It’s past time for the FCC to listen and abandon its plans for a government takeover the Internet.”
“Net neutrality is a solution running around looking for a problem. And to justify imposing net neutrality, the FCC is overreaching further still – seeking to reclassify the Internet under the oppressive 1930s landline telephone regulatory regime. The damage all of this would do to the wondrous free-market Web success we have enjoyed is incalculable. The Internet represents one-sixth of our economy, and it works. Leave it alone.” Said Seton Motley, Editor in Chief, StopNetRegulation.org