Statement by Broadband for America Ahead of FCC Vote on Restoring Internet Freedom

“America’s broadband providers are 100% committed to a free and open internet and have always practiced net neutrality regardless of government regulations or rules because that is what their customers demand.  Additionally, all of the major providers have announced clear and strong policies ensuring no blocking, no throttling, and no unfair discrimination against lawful traffic online.  It’s good business, good practice, and what internet users expect.

“While we fully understand consumer interest in this issue, we also want to make clear that many false claims, wild accusations and doomsday scenarios circulating about the future of the internet are way off base and shouldn’t be taken at face value. The FCC’s proposed action next week will simply restore the light touch regulation that governed the internet from its existence until public utility rules were imposed in 2015 and will not change the free and open internet experience we all value and expect.”

Additional Background on Title II and Net Neutrality

  • Internet providers strongly support a free and open internet – the idea that internet content should not be blocked or unreasonably discriminated against in any way. All major internet providers have pledged to support these principles and have urged Congress to develop legislation that would permanently protect them. Net neutrality and public utility regulation are two different things: Internet providers support net neutrality and oppose the archaic rules of public utility regulation that will limit their ability to invest in innovations that bring high-speed broadband access to more Americans. Internet providers also support congressional efforts to craft legislation that preserves an open internet without Title II, an idea that has bipartisan support.
  • Title II hurts investment by internet providers. After a $3.6 billion drop in infrastructure investment after only two years of current utility regulations, finance and market experts predict there will be an even more considerable decline in long-term investment under sustained utility regulation.
  • Title II regulation harms consumers and weakens the internet. By undermining investment, innovation and jobs, Title II puts the internet ecosystem and its consumers at risk. Consumers do not receive concrete protections under utility regulation, which can only be truly accomplished through congressional legislation.
  • The bottom line: Both those who support and oppose Title II want net neutrality but disagree on how to reach it. Rather than relying on outdated rules from the 20th century, the FCC has decided to focus on 21st century solutions for keeping the internet open and free, while empowering the Federal Trade Commission and opening the door for Congress to act in a bipartisan way.

 

Correcting the Record

Broadband for America responds to Free Press and false, exaggerated claims in a Medium post.