Upon today’s public unveiling of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s Restoring Internet Freedom order, Pete Sepp, President of National Taxpayers Union (NTU), offered the following statement of support for the Chairman’s action.
“National Taxpayers Union applauds Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to lift the burdensome and outdated ‘Title II’ regulations on broadband Internet service, and return to the governing approach that has ably served consumers for so many years.
As we outlined in comments to the FCC earlier this year, a light regulatory touch is what has largely given us the Internet ecosystem we Americans enjoy today. A return to this framework will help taxpayers and businesses come out ahead as well. Unfettered Internet access can bring about serious savings for governments, and American businesses thrive when given the freedom to innovate without undue interference. We only have to look at lagging consumer innovation and hefty taxpayer burdens within the European Union to see what our future would look like if these harmful regulations were kept in place.
We are encouraged by Chairman Pai’s efforts, and we strongly believe that his proposal will help guarantee that we have a truly taxpayer- and consumer-first Internet once and for all. It’s time to get back on track.”