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Congressional Legislation Details

Title as Introduced:

Internet Freedom Act

Bill Number:

H.R.96

Description:

To prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from further regulating the Internet.

Bill Sponsor

Co-Sponsors:

Our Position:

We support this bill.

Dear Congresswoman Blackburn,

On behalf of more than 1.5 million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I am writing to applaud your introduction of H.R. 96, the Internet Freedom Act. The Federal Communications Commission is engaged in a regulatory power grab, and Congress must intervene. It is unfortunate that agencies—including the EPA, FCC and the Department of Labor—are trying to usurp Congress’s proper legislative authority by invoking regulatory authority they have never been granted. Your bill’s clean preemption language reminding the FCC that Congress retains full jurisdiction over Internet and IP services is an important and well-timed measure given the FCC’s recent net neutrality rules.

FCC’s actions are substantively without merit. The Internet has been the free market success story of the past twenty years. Private investment and innovation have flourished and driven increased productivity and connectivity to levels unimaginable only a few short decades ago. Despite rapid adoption, consistently increasing speeds and decreasing prices, a partisan 3-2 majority at the FCC, President Obama and market assailants—such as Free Press and Public Knowledge—are claiming the Internet is broken and in need of regulatory constriction. However, nothing could be further from the truth. FCC net neutrality rules would hamper innovation and investment at the edges and core of the Internet; their regulatory actions are unnecessary and contrary to the Internet’s unregulated history.

Click here to view the full Letter of Support.

Status:

Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

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