Net Neutrality Moves Again to Forefront

Next week, Congressmen with seats on the Communications and Technology Subcommittee will have an opportunity to battle again over the FCC’s controversial net neutrality order during a hearing titled “Common Carrier Regulation of the Internet: Investment Impacts.” A subcommittee announcement noted that the hearing will focus on how this rule is affecting consumers, investment, and innovation. Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) stated, “Rather than heed bipartisan calls for a true light touch as our legislation would do, the commission did an end run in the opposite direction. These misguided rules are now having serious ramifications on how quickly consumers can expect upgrades and innovation in their Internet service.”

NRB opposed the partisan FCC vote in February imposing new heavy-handed regulations on the Internet. Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, stated at that time, “Bigger government is not fertile ground for the flourishing of free speech and innovation. This is a power grab, and NRB opposes it.”  The NRB Board of Directors also unanimously approved a Resolution opposed to such a move, particularly warning it could “send a poor signal to nations that have or are considering more state governance of the Internet.”

The FCC net neutrality order went into effect on June 12. Notably, a court battle to overturn this rule is underway in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, which has scheduled oral arguments for this case on December 4.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: October 23, 2015

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