“Today’s release of the Open Internet order only confirms our fear that the Commission has gone well beyond creating enforceable open Internet rules, and has instead instituted a regulatory regime change for the Internet that will lead to years of litigation, serious collateral consequences for consumers, and ongoing market uncertainty that will slow America’s quest to advance broadband deployment and adoption.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Josh Sapan, President & CEO, AMC Networks Inc., and Mary Meduski, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Suddenlink Communications, are the 2015 recipients of the cable industry’s top honor, the Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership.
“Today, the FCC took one of the most regulatory steps in its history. It began regulating the Internet, abruptly abandoning a bipartisan national commitment to limited government involvement that has reigned for decades.
"We commend Sen. Heller for introducing the FCC Process Reform Act, legislation that primarily seeks additional transparency in the FCC rulemaking process. As the FCC considers critical technology and communications issues, it is important to have greater predictability and openness in FCC decision making, and to ensure businesses can make crucial decisions with consistent federal oversight. We hope the Senate will consider and approve this legislation."
“We applaud Chairman Thune, Sen. Wyden and the 38 additional co-sponsors for introducing the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act. This important legislation will make the Internet tax moratorium permanent, and helps protect consumers and small businesses from onerous state and local taxes on Internet access. By enacting a permanent ban on Internet access taxes, we can promote the continued growth of the Internet and encourage more Americans to connect to this critical technology. We urge Congress to act swiftly on the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act."
"We congratulate Senators Rubio and Booker on the introduction of Wi-Fi Innovation Act which would secure more unlicensed spectrum in the 5 Ghz band. With more and more Wi-Fi-enabled devices coming to market everyday, consumers will continue to need additional spectrum to use these tools. This bipartisan legislation provides a clear path forward for properly allocating a finite and increasingly necessary public resource and continues to establish the U.S. as a global leader in public Wi-Fi availability, speed, and scale."
"We commend Chairman Goodlatte on the introduction of patent legislation, the Innovation Act. It is essential that we deter patent trolls and halt unjustified patent litigation so that American companies can continue to innovate, generate new jobs and expand the economy. We look forward to working with Chairman Goodlatte and the bipartisan cosponsors towards passage of this important legislation.”
“Chairman Wheeler’s proposal to impose the heavy burden of Title II public utility regulation on the Internet goes far beyond the worthy goal of establishing important net neutrality protections. It will result in a backward-looking new regulatory regime, ill-suited for the dynamic Internet, with far reaching and troubling consequences. We believe that such a significant expansion of the FCC’s authority is unnecessary and will only deliver further uncertainty instead of legally enforceable rules that everyone supports.
“The cable industry has consistently delivered faster Internet speeds to American consumers with networks that offer 50 Mbps to 85 percent of U.S. homes, widely available tiers that exceed 100 Mbps and Gigabit speeds in some communities. While cable network Internet speeds already meet and exceed the FCC’s new broadband description, we are troubled that the Commission majority has arbitrarily chosen a definition of broadband in its Section 706 report that ignores how millions of consumers currently access the Internet.