CCAGW Urges Opposition to H.R. 1644 | Council For Citizens Against Government Waste

CCAGW Urges Opposition to H.R. 1644

Letters to Officials

April 8, 2019

U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative,

On behalf of the more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I urge you to oppose H.R. 1644, the proposed government takeover of the internet.

The bill would codify, word for word, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) 2015 Open Internet Order (OIO), along with 700 poorly documented forbearances. This would undermine a free and open internet by returning its governance to the heavy-handed Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.

In 2017, the FCC righted the regulatory ship of the internet by adopting the Restoring Internet Freedom Order (RIFO), which overturned the OIO while preserving transparency by internet service providers (ISPs) relative to consumer protection.  After the RIFO was adopted, internet speeds increased by nearly 40 percent, and the U.S. rose from twelfth to sixth worldwide in broadband internet speed from 2017 to 2018.  By restoring the light-touch framework that began with the bipartisan Telecommunications Act of 1996, the RIFO has truly created an open internet.

H.R. 1644 will make it increasingly costly for ISPs to meet unnecessarily stringent guidelines, and consumers will bear the burden of these restrictions.  The misnamed Save the Internet Act removes incentives to innovate and invest in next generation technologies and services. Instead of focusing on a government takeover of the internet, Congress should concentrate on crafting modernized telecommunications reform and bringing an end to the regulatory back-and-forth between administrations, which would provide certainty to consumers and providers.

Again, I urge you to oppose H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act, so that taxpayers across the country will be assured of a truly open internet for years to come. All votes pertaining to H.R. 1644 will be among those considered in CCAGW’s 2019 Congressional Ratings.


Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

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