Citizens Against Government Waste Cheers FCC’s Restoration of Internet Freedom

For Immediate Release
Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318

December 14, 2017
 

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) President Tom Schatz released a statement following the approval of the landmark Restoring Internet Freedom order by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC):

“We are thrilled that the FCC has voted to restore internet freedom.  Removing the antiquated, depression-era regulations on the internet that were imposed in February 2015 is a landmark achievement for taxpayers and consumers. 

“In addition to returning the internet to the successful light-touch regulatory framework that was in place for two decades, this order restores the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) role as the cop on the beat for consumer protection and privacy.  The order imposes new transparency requirements for internet service providers, giving the FTC increased enforcement capabilities against deceptive online practices.

“CAGW commented on this rulemaking on May 8, 2017, July 14, 2017, and August 15, 2017, because a free and open internet has been the catalyst for some of the greatest technological innovations in human history and has allowed billions of people to connect with and learn from each other. 

“We especially want to congratulate FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, whose tireless leadership and integrity in the face of false attacks and vile threats was extraordinary.”

Citizens Against Government Waste is the nation's largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government. 

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