Over 150 Organizations, Bloggers, State Lawmakers Oppose FCC Internet Regulation


Posted on Tuesday, August 10th, 2010, 6:21 PM PERMALINK

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Today, 153 national and state-level think tanks, advocacy groups, state legislators, bloggers, and talk show hosts sent two letters to the Federal Communications Commission in opposition to regulating broadband Internet.  Between the two letters, signers include Americans for Tax Reform, Americans for Prosperity, Erick Erickson of RedState.com, Ed Morrissey of HotAir.com, and Citizens Against Government Waste.  In addition, 36 state lawmakers and a number of state-level think tanks and advocacy groups joined the coalition letters.  To quote from one of the two letters:

“Despite universal acknowledgement that Americans enjoy a free, open, and vibrant Internet, the FCC is relentlessly pursuing a massive regulatory regime that would stifle broadband expansion, create congestion, slow Internet speeds, jeopardize job retention and growth, and lead to higher prices for consumers.”

Three signers made the following statements:

“The FCC is on a reckless mission to regulate the Internet, overlooking the costs and the vast bipartisan opposition from elected officials and Americans.  These coalition letters show a large number of policy-focused non-profits, state lawmakers, activists, and bloggers strongly object to the FCC’s actions.  Despite rhetoric from radical left-wing groups, the Internet is already open and free, just as it’s always been.  Only the FCC’s regulatory ambitions would change that."
– Kelly William Cobb, Executive Director, Digital Liberty Project

“The Internet – in the absence of regulation – has flourished into a remarkable engine of economic growth, innovation, competition and free expression. Yet now the angry left – and possibly 3 members of the FCC – intend to up-end the verdict of the public, the Congress, and the courts to impose sweeping regulation that would transform the Internet into a regulated public utility.  Free-market activists are fighting back, and this letter shows how strong their opposition is.  The Obama administration and the FCC should take notice.”
– Phil Kerpen, Director, NoInternetTakeover.com

“Net neutrality is a solution running around looking for a problem.  And to justify imposing net neutrality, the FCC is overreaching further still - seeking to reclassify the Internet under the oppressive 1930s landline telephone regulatory regime.  The damage all of this would do to the wondrous free-market Web success we have enjoyed is incalculable.  The Internet represents one-sixth of our economy, and it works.  Leave it alone.”
– Seton Motley, Editor in Chief, StopNetRegulation.org

To read the two letters, click here and here.

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