“We appreciate Ranking Member Waxman’s thoughtful proposal in that it implicitly recognizes the onerous dangers of applying backward looking regulation to the Internet. Nonetheless, the reclassification of broadband as a Title II service is unnecessary to provide consumers with reasonable network neutrality protections and will result in years of uncertainty and legal tussles. History has shown that forbearance is far from certain or quick and Title II advocates have already indicated their opposition to the type of forbearance that this approach suggests.
“We commend the Commission’s unanimous decision to eliminate the antiquated sports blackout rule. As the video marketplace continues to evolve and offers consumers more competition and a growing variety of new services, we encourage the FCC to continue its examination of outdated rules that no longer make sense.”
"We applaud the bipartisan leadership of Chairman Rockefeller and Ranking Member Thune for introducing S. 2799, the Satellite Television Access and Viewer Rights Act (STAVRA). As introduced, we believe that this bill provides clear benefits to consumers by extending expiring provisions and making targeted video reforms that are appropriate given the realities of today's competitive marketplace.
Proposals to reclassify Internet access as a Title II service threaten to remove incentives to invest in broadband growth and improvement, companies say
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 9, 2014) – In a letter sent today, a diverse group of technology manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech equipment warn U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker that classifying the Internet as a public utility would have harmful implications for the Internet and the broader national economy.
"Chairman Wheeler's remarks about broadband competition underscore the importance of maintaining a light regulatory touch that encourages more investment from more companies. The surest way to stifle further competition and investment in the broadband marketplace is to impose public utility Title II regulation on Internet access.
"We applaud the appointment of Danny Marti as Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator and look forward to working with him and the Administration to protect the intellectual property that helps fuel the American economy."
"We applaud the bipartisan leadership of Chairmen Upton and Walden and Ranking Members Waxman and Eshoo for their efforts to secure House approval of the must-pass STELA Reauthorization Act (H.R. 4572). The legislation extends expiring provisions related to retransmission of broadcast TV signals and accomplishes modest reforms of our video laws that will yield significant consumer benefits.
"We applaud Reps. Latta, Issa, Eshoo, and Matsui on the introduction of the Wi-Fi Innovation Act. This bipartisan legislation would take important steps to secure more unlicensed spectrum in the 5 Ghz band. With the demand for Wi-Fi enabled devices – along with the spectrum required to use these devices — continuously rising, we need to assure that our country can establish a future where ultra-fast Wi-Fi is everywhere. We look forward to working with these members and the rest of the House on passage of this legislation."