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AFP: Keep the Internet Open to Investment and Innovation*

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AFP: Keep the Internet Open to Investment and Innovation*

02.01.19 05:26 AM

ARLINGTON, Va.*– A panel of federal appeals court judges will hear*oral arguments today in a lawsuit challenging the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) action in 2017 to reclassify the internet as a Title I communication under the Restoring Internet Freedom Order. The move repealed what many referred to as “net neutrality.” Americans for Prosperity*supported*the FCC’s action to remove these needless regulations because they hinder broadband investment and chill Internet innovation. Americans for Prosperity Tech Policy Analyst Billy Easley issued the following statement: “We support Chairman Pai’s action to reclassify the Internet as a Title I communication because Americans benefit from a light touch approach to telecommunications policy. The Restoring Internet Freedom Order was a sound decision that removed barriers to broadband network investment. It is crucial that we avoid a ping pong scenario between commissions from administration to administration. We are hopeful that the federal appeals court will recognize the merit of the FCC’s decision to remove needless internet regulations.” Under Title II, broadband network investment dropped more than*5.6%*— the first time a decline has happened outside of a recession. The effect was particularly serious for smaller Internet service providers—fixed wireless companies, small-town cable operators, municipal broadband providers, electric cooperatives, and […]

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