Net Disaster, Not Net Neutrality
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The Internet is the fastest deploying technology in world history. It’s a 21st Century engine of innovation powered by dynamic networks built with trillions of dollars of private investment. And it provides an affordable and open platform for every entrepreneur, visionary and kid in the garage to follow their dream.
The Internet works for Americans because government has wisely chosen to let the web grow and thrive without burdensome regulation and onerous red tape that can increase consumer bills, choke progress and smother innovation.
But instead of continuing this path of tremendous success, some want to radically change course and are urging the government to force a heavy-handed regulatory model on the Internet - called Title II - and to run it like a public utility. They want to impose laws written in the 1930’s on the most innovative and important technology of today and our future. They want to give the government the power to impose new rules, levy new fees and require permission to innovate. Under Title II, consumers would be on the hook for an astonishing $11 billion in new fees according to the Progressive Policy Institute.
Title II is Enacted
- CONSUMERS WILL PAY MORE FOR INTERNET SERVICE
- NEW FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES WILL BE IMPOSED
- LESS INVESTMENT AND SLOWER NETWORK UPGRADES
- LESS COMPETITION AND CONSUMER ADOPTION
- LESS INNOVATION AND SERVICE ENHANCEMENTS
It's Time to Stand Up For The Internet
We can build an open Internet without resorting to costly public utility regulation. The FCC can act responsibly to foster the continued growth of the Net and prevent anti-competitive activity, or it can capitulate to extremist voices who seek to force a result that would drive up consumer prices, inflict major collateral damage on the Internet economy, and ironically, fail to serve the very ends they seek.
Let’s not abandon the virtuous cycle that is helping build faster networks for one that promises greater government control, higher prices and stalled investment. Let’s choose a future that embraces progress, not expensive regulations.