TechFreedom and ICLE Urge FCC to Maintain Bipartisan Consensus Against Title II
In reply comments on the FCC’s proposed Internet rules, TechFreedom and the International Center for Law and Economics (ICLE) urged the Commission to not impose common carrier regulations on the Internet through Title II of the 1996 Telecommunications Act. The comments debunk three key myths about Title II and call for the FCC to base any new rules it issues under Section 706 of the Act. The organizations also urge the FCC to ask Congress to provide clearer, narrower legislative authority over Net Neutrality, and call for a multistakeholder process to address the issue, regardless of what the FCC or Congress does.
The filing echoes the sentiments of a diverse coalition of web entrepreneurs, investors, telecom and antitrust experts, and policy organizations who wrote yesterday to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler urging him to not invoke Title II.
“Title II is a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” said Berin Szoka, President of TechFreedom. “A radical fringe has dressed up a government takeover of the Internet as ‘Net Neutrality.’ Google, Facebook, and the NAACP haven’t jumped on the Title II bandwagon, because they know better. Imposing public utility regulations on the Internet won’t create Net Neutrality, but the heavy hand of government will crush innovation and investment in broadband.”