The internet is one of the most important technologies in modern history. It’s a great American success story because it is accessible, affordable and open for consumers. But misguided overregulation approved by the FCC in 2015 is driving up costs and threatening the continued growth and expansion of networks in communities across America. We need Congress to develop a smarter, modern, bipartisan approach to preserving the free and open internet that Americans rely on. Congress can ensure consumers are protected while encouraging more private investment and innovation.
Title II: Unnecessary & Harmful
In 2015, the FCC imposed strict public utility regulations called Title II on the internet, rules which were originally written for the telephone monopoly era of the 1930s. Title II threatens to drive up internet prices and limit consumer choices by opening the door to new taxes and fees on broadband.
Title II is not net neutrality. Broadband service providers have long been committed to an open internet and do not block, throttle or otherwise interfere with their customers’ online experience. Instead, Title II only adds layers of bureaucratic complexity, costs for customers, and makes it harder for companies to invest and innovate in networks and other technologies critical to the American economy.
Broadband internet thrived in the United States because for over two decades policymakers fostered an environment that promoted technological breakthroughs without constrictive regulation or red tape. Instead of building upon this success, Title II expands governmental control, creates uncertainty and subjects all broadband users to higher costs and fees.
A Better Way Forward
If left unchanged, Title II regulations will harm American consumers by deterring long-term infrastructure investment and suppressing new advances in internet technologies and services.
Only Congress has the power to enact policies that will truly preserve an open internet, protect consumers from price hikes and open the door for more private broadband investment that sparks innovation, jobs and economic growth. We need bipartisan legislation from Congress that enshrines and enforces the principles of a free and open internet without unnecessary regulatory burdens that add costs and stifle innovation.