Restoring Internet Freedom is a Win for the Internet

Submitted by bbaker on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017, 11,27 AM

Today the Federal Communications Commission released its "Restoring Internet Freedom Order." Undoing Title II restrictions is a win for all Americans.

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

The “Restoring Internet Freedom Order” released today by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is a bold strike turning America away from the path we were on -- turning the internet into a cross between the  post office and the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Freedom, not top down control, is the best protector of a free and open internet worldwide.  

Today’s act reminds us that Chairman Ajit Pai’s confirmation to lead the Federal Communications Commission was second in importance only to Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's confirmation in protecting and expanding liberty.

Pai’s leadership in reining in FCC overreach on issues from media ownership to restoring internet freedom has been instrumental in undoing the harms of the Obama administration’s FCC and supporting continued American innovation.

I congratulate Chairman Pai and Commissioners O'Rielly and Carr for their vision and  leadership. 

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

Chairman Ajit Pai has been instrumental in reforming the FCC to reflect the rapidly changing telecommunications industry. Governing 21st century technologies with 20th century regulations is not a strategy for keeping the United States as a worldwide leader in technological innovation. Chairman Pai and the FCC have made reforms necessary to keep the United States competitive in the global economy and to ensure that all Americans have access to the information they need.

Connecting unserved and underserved Americans has been a cornerstone of the FCC’s work under Chairman Pai, and by eliminating and reforming outdated rules, Chairman Pai and the FCC have helped create a regulatory environment that supports much-needed investment and will lead to improved connectivity for Americans nationwide.        

Chairman Pai and the FCC should be commended for making reforms that will foster American innovation and keep the United States at the forefront of the telecommunications sector.