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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to the Democratic leadership’s rollout of an Internet regulation bill, which would restore the heavy-handed Title II regulatory framework, Jason Pye, FreedomWorks Vice President of Legislative Affairs, commented:
Senate Democrats could seek to reverse the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) “Restoring Internet Freedom Order” by Monday. While their attempt has no chance of passing the Republican-controlled House or avoiding a President Trump veto, the move panders to severely misinformed activists.
"If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it"—simple wisdom that government repeatedly ignores. And there’s no better case in point than so-called “net neutrality.” This week, leftist pro-neutrality groups will hold a day of noise and fear to bully lawmakers into supporting a Congressional Review Act resolution. The resolution would reinstate the FCC’s 2015 designation of Internet service providers as public utilities under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.
Thousands of FreedomWorks activists will pressure select members of Congress to defend #InternetFreedom and uphold FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s “Restoring Internet Freedom” order during a nationwide Digital Day of Action on Monday, Feb. 26.
The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) will be marked up in committee tomorrow, and if passed, the bill would badly damage Internet innovation. To avoid substantial unintended consequences, Senators should consider adding language to SESTA in order to protect innocent websites.
Senators should be commended for their derring-do to fight vile human trafficking abuses. But their current solution, the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, dubbed “SESTA,” would curb Internet innovation.
Amazon and other corporate friends will spend Wednesday, July 12th, protesting FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s impending net neutrality repeal through a “Day of Action.” The precise “action” is unknown, but one thing is certain. They’ll be begging for more corporate welfare.
As technology continues to digitize our daily lives, the urban-rural divide in Internet usage reaps public attention. Despite a decade of improvements between 2007 and 2017, including the near doubling of rural broadband usage from 35% to 63%, rural Americans are still 10% less likely than average to use the Internet. Much of this is attributable to low population density, which makes rural towns less appealing to Internet service providers (ISPs) than customer-packed urban centers. Broadband cable installation over the bare Midwestern and mountainous western expanses is expensive and inefficient. The cable infrastructure for some rural areas is simply too costly.