FCC’s Effort to Restore Internet Freedom Moves Forward

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
May 18, 2017  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) applauded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for officially beginning the process of restoring internet freedom by approving Chairman Ajit Pai’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which seeks to repeal the 2015 “Open Internet Order (OIO).”

The OIO placed the internet under the antiquated regulatory regime of Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.  On May 8, 2017, CAGW submitted public comments in support of the NPRM, which said, in part, “This utility-style big brother approach to regulating the internet was a problem in search of a solution, and a massive overreach of authority by the agency.  The reclassification harmed the internet ecosystem and created uncertainty regarding the application of several provisions of Title II to internet service providers (ISPs).”

CAGW President Tom Schatz said:  “I would like to congratulate the FCC and Chairman Pai for their work to restore internet freedom.  Through the agency’s action today, a free and open internet will be reinstated and economic growth will flourish.  A light-touch regulatory approach to internet governance has always proven to be best for taxpayers, consumers, and the economy.  On behalf of CAGW’s more than one million members and supporters, we thank the FCC for voting to move forward with this much-needed rulemaking.  We also look forward to the publication of the NPRM in the Federal Register, and submitting further comments to the FCC.”

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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