Over 800,000 Americans have officially told the Federal Communications Commission they do not want the Internet regulated by Washington bureaucrats. American Commitment, a national advocacy organization, led an effort to have Americans opposed to new Internet regulations voice their opposition by filing public comments with the FCC.
American Commitment plans to collect one million signatures, which will be delivered to the FCC, the White House, and all members of the House and Senate.
“A federal government takeover of Internet services would be disastrous for commerce, free speech, and the future of the Internet as a sphere of innovation. The American people oppose Washington’s effort to put unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats in control of the Internet, creating higher prices, less competition, and less freedom,” said Phil Kerpen, president of American Commitment.
“The 800,000 Americans who filed comments supporting true Internet freedom is proof positive that the American people oppose massive new monopoly-style ‘public utility’ regulations on the Internet,” he said.
American Commitment’s public comment filing campaign has urged FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to keep the Internet free of government control, and finally recognize that Americans oppose any version of the crippling Internet regulations now under consideration, especially “Title II” public utility regulations.
Congress and the courts have rejected previous, less onerous versions of these regulations. The FCC should respect the will of the American people and their representatives, rather than pursuing the reckless reclassification that would threaten the tens of billions of dollars in private investment that go into Internet-service upgrades every year, Kerpen said.
SOURCE: American Commitment