July 20, 1999
Why Congress Should Act
to Ensure Net Neutrality
TITLE II: YEARS OF UNCERTAINTY, LITIGATION AND CONSUMER HARM
The Internet is the fastest deploying technology in world history. It's a 21st Century engine of innovation that provides an open platform for entrepreneurs, visionaries, and kids in their garages to follow their dreams. And it didn't happen by accident.
The Internet works for Americans because government had wisely chosen to let the web grow and thrive without burdensome regulation that can increase consumer bills, choke progress and smother innovation. But instead of continuing this path of tremendous success, the FCC recently approved a massive regulatory regime that piles on thousands of new rules all in the name of preserving net neutrality. These rules, called Title II, aren't necessary for net neutrality and they certainly aren't going to increase competition or make the Internet faster, better or more innovative.
The FCC's unnecessary action is legally questionable and will result in years of litigation and marketplace uncertainty. The good news is that Congress can act to deliver the permanent net neutrality protections that consumers are demanding.
Learn More: Watch The Video
What is net neutrality and who supports it? Watch the video to learn more about what net neutrality means, why Internet Service Providers support it and why it is time for Congress to step in pass bipartisan legislation that will protect consumers and keep the Internet free from burdensome regulations that will slow investment, innovation and new services.
Want to make your voice heard? Take action at unitedforanopeninternet.com.
TELL CONGRESS TO MAKE
NET NEUTRALITY PERMANENT
With Title II, the FCC has imposed heavy new Internet regulation that goes far beyond widely supported net neutrality protections. Title II will increase consumer costs, slow investment and innovation and cause years of uncertainty. But Congress can step in. Bipartisan legislation can protect consumers while promoting the investment needed to continue expanding and improving America’s broadband networks. Let's choose a future that embraces progress, not expensive regulations.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE NET NEUTRALITY CONGRESSIONAL SOLUTION
"The FCC's new rules weaken - or reverse - decades of minimal regulation, during which the Internet flourished. As often as not, economic regulation has adverse, unintended side effects. That was true of the railroads, and it may be true of the Internet."
BE SKEPTICAL OF 'NET NEUTRALITY' | By Robert J. Samuelson at The Washington Post
George Gilder, economist and author of Telecosm said: "We've had 15 years of marvelous success, just stunning success on the Internet. . . Our seven top technology companies are all related to the Internet. The US has four times the investment in fixed broadband than Europe, with its government intervention, and twice the investment in wireless. Most of Internet traffic in the world flows through the US. What on earth is wrong that the FCC thinks it has to reduce it to a public utility?"
INTERNET PIONEERS DECRY TITLE II RULES | By LightReading
"It would be better if Congress finally did its job and agreed on a legislated plan that avoids more bureaucratic wrangling."
SETTLE THE NET-NEUTRALITY DEBATE WITH LEGISLATION | Editorial by The Washington Post
"It was a problem that wasn't broken, didn't need fixing. . . This is another process for government officials, elected officials, to create unneeded controversy so that they can get both sides of the argument to donate a heck of a lot of money to keep themselves in power, and continue to drive the regulation economy."
SCOTT MCNEALY, CO-FOUNDER OF SUN MICROSYSTEMS AND CHAIRMAN OF WAYIN, ON REGULATION OF THE INTERNET | CNBC
Net Neutrality Timeline: Where We Are & How We Got Here
March 14, 2002
FCC Chairman Michael Powell classifies broadband Internet access as a Title I interstate information service.
June 5, 2003
Law professor Tim Wu coins the term “net neutrality” in his paper “Network Neutrality, Broadband Discrimination.”
February 8, 2004
FCC Chairman Powell introduces “Four Internet Freedoms,” Freedom to (1) access content; (2) run applications; (3) attach devices; (4) obtain service plan information.
March 3, 2005
The FCC negotiates an agreement with Madison River Communication where Madison River agrees to “refrain from blocking” phone calls.
June 27, 2005
In FCC vs. Brand X, the Supreme Court upholds FCC’s authority to define the classification of broadband as an information service under Title I.
September 23, 2005
FCC reclassifies Internet access across the phone network, including DSL, as a Title I information service.
August 1, 2008
Comcast vs. BitTorrent decision by FCC Chairman Martin – FCC hands Comcast a cease-and-desist order.
April 6, 2010
U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit dismisses the FCC's cease and desist order against Comcast.
December 21, 2010
FCC Open Internet Order makes net neutrality rules official FCC regulation for the first time.
January 14, 2014
In Verizon vs. FCC, DC Circuit rules that as a Title I information service, FCC has no authority to adopt net neutrality regulations.
November 10, 2014
President Obama calls on the FCC to reclassify broadband as Title II.
February 26, 2015
FCC votes to 3-2 to classify the Internet as a public utility under Title II of The Communications Act.