CCAGW Vote Alert: Oppose H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act of 2019 | Council For Citizens Against Government Waste

CCAGW Vote Alert: Oppose H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act of 2019

April 2, 2019

Committee on Energy and Commerce
U.S. House of Representatives
2125 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative,

During tomorrow’s full committee markup, you will consider a government takeover of the internet, H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act of 2019.  On behalf of the more than one million members and supports of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I urge you to oppose this legislation.

In 2015, under former Chairman Tom Wheeler, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the Open Internet Order (OIO), which imposed Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 on the internet.  These Depression-era regulations were originally intended for rotary-dialed telephones and significantly hampered broadband investment.

In 2017, Chairman Ajit Pai’s FCC passed the Restoring Internet Freedom Order (RIFO), overturning the OIO.  After the RIFO was adopted, internet speeds in the nation 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 would codify the entire text of the OIO, including all footnotes, addendums, and paragraphing texts, and revert back to a heavy-handed, outdated Title II regulatory regime.  By re-imposing ineffective “net neutrality” regulations, this legislation will make it increasingly costly for internet service providers to meet unnecessarily stringent guidelines, which will directly result in consumers bearing the burden.  Instead of focusing on a government takeover of the internet, the committee 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 this legislation, so that taxpayers across the country will be assured a truly open internet for years to come.

Sincerely,

Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

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