Q: What is House Joint Resolution 129 (H.J.Res.129)?
A: H.J.Res.129 is an attempt by some lawmakers and special-interest groups to use a legislative procedure to overhaul internet regulation by way of a Congressional Review Act (or “CRA”). While the CRA is a useful tool in overturning basic rules, it was never intended to establish wide-ranging policy initiatives, such as legislation about the future of the internet and data privacy from big tech companies – while prohibiting public input and hearings in the process.
Q: Why is H.J.Res.129 a bad deal for consumers?
A: This CRA imposes harmful internet regulations that hurt consumers and continues to allow special carve outs and loop holes for big tech companies like Facebook who aren’t doing anything to protect your privacy or data. Further, it is being rushed through Congress with no public input, and almost no hearings or actual debate. By supporting this legislation, Congress would inevitably cripple investment in America’s internet infrastructure and further jeopardize consumer privacy and data from big tech companies.
Q: Do internet providers support Net Neutrality?
A: Yes. They always have and always will. We stand by an open internet because it’s good for business, and our customers expect and deserve it.
Q: Is Title II the same as Net Neutrality?
A: No. The FCC did not repeal Net Neutrality; it repealed separate regulations called Title II or “utility” regulation. Unlike Net Neutrality, these 1930s-era utility regulations are not consistent with promoting a healthy future of the Internet.
Q: Should Internet Service Providers (ISPs) be subject to stricter laws than content providers?
A: No. All internet actors should be subject to the same rules. The latest privacy leak from Facebook is just one example in an ongoing narrative of big tech companies playing by their own rules at the expense of consumers. The only way to ensure both net neutrality and the security of consumer data is through meaningful, comprehensive legislation.
Q: Will repealing Title II utility regulations strengthen the Internet?
A: Yes. Utility regulations deter investment in networks and put internet jobs at risk. They slow down innovation by requiring a government “permission slip” before launching new ideas. If Silicon Valley used these rules, Apple would still be stuck in the garage and Google would just be the wrong way to spell a really big number.
Q: How does this CRA affect rural communities?
A: Access to broadband is an important tool to get ahead in today’s digital world. Unfortunately, there are still some Americans living in rural areas that lack access to good broadband options. Treating the internet like a utility will do nothing to speed up broadband deployment to these communities. Weighing down the internet with burdensome red tape only makes It more difficult to build networks In these hard to reach areas.
Q: What can Congress do?
A: Congress should develop bipartisan legislation to permanently preserve a free and open internet. Internet providers strongly support such a law.
Q: What can you do?
A: Tell your Representative that rather than pursuing this CRA – that offers no public input, hearings or debate – those in Congress should enact comprehensive legislation that addresses both net neutrality and prevents further data breaches at the hands of big tech companies by clicking here. An open internet and your privacy depend on it!