Thursday, February 1, 2018 – 11:30am
TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports net neutrality principles, but opposes any Congressional Review Act resolution to undo the Federal Communications Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order, which would bring about the return of Depression-era public utility-style treatment of the internet inconsistent with the modern global economy and which would lead to regulatory and investment uncertainty.
Legislation to establish a net neutrality framework is far preferable to resorting to a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act. Congress should engage in a deliberative, regular order, and committee-driven process to incorporate net neutrality principles into law that would ensure consumers are able to access any and all lawful content. This approach should reject the approach in FCC’s Order to regulate broadband under the archaic 1934 Title II “common carrier” framework.
The Chamber urges you to oppose any attempt to use the Congressional Review Act to legislate net neutrality, but rather to work together to establish a bipartisan legislative solution for the internet that enables technology and innovation to thrive.