Statement: MediaFreedom Hails FCC’s Restore Internet Freedom NPRM

by Mike Wendy on May 18, 2017

Washington, DC, May 18, 2017 – MediaFreedom hails the FCC’s new Restore Internet Freedom NPRM. We hope it leads to the elimination of the last FCC’s regulatory overreach, especially as it pertains to the re-classification of ISPs as common carriers. We hope also that the resulting rules axe in their entirety, or greatly relax, the agency’s present Net Neutrality regulations on blocking, throttling and paid priority. We have long-argued that agency-mandated Net Neutrality rules were never needed. Not only are they inapt for today’s converged marketplace, they unconstitutionally abridge the speech and association rights of all players in the Internet ecosystem.  The FCC would do well to rid innovation and free speech of these needless proscriptions.

Of course, this good and necessary work can only be temporary. Ultimately, Congress must step in and stop the regulatory ping-pong game for good. We urge their intensified focus – and action – on this matter. Americans deserve no less.

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