ATR Statement in Support of Restoring Internet Freedom

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Thursday, May 18th, 2017, 2:16 PM PERMALINK

Washington, D.C. – Today, Thursday May 18th, The FCC voted on a Notice of Proposed Rule making entitled, Restoring Internet Freedom.

The following can be attributed to Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform:

"Under the Obama Administration Title II was pushed through without transparency and without economic analysis. This time, under chairman Ajit Pai, the process is transparent and includes economics. This time we are doing it the right way."

The following can be attributed to Katie McAuliffe, Executive Director of Digital Liberty:

“We are encouraged that, not only was this notice presented transparently, but will also inject actual economic analysis into the FCC’s decision making.  The Obama Era Open Internet Order was called an ‘economics free zone’ by the FCC’s own economists.  By establishing the Office of Economics and Data within the FCC, Chairman Pai has shown dedication to preforming real cost-benefit analysis on this, and all FCC proposals going forward.

As has been said many times before and was stated today on the Senate floor by Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), this is an area for Congress to decide.  The Telecommunications industry is now 16% of our economy – roughly the same amount as healthcare.  Regulation of this sector should not be decided by unelected bureaucrats.”

Learn more about Title II regulation of the Internet here:

 

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