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April 8, 2019
On behalf of Americans for Prosperity activists across the country, we urge you to oppose H.R. 1644. This vote may be recorded in our 2019 session legislative scorecard.
H.R. 1644 is a heavy-handed approach to telecommunications policy that would apply utility-style regulation to the Internet. If this legislation became law it would stifle innovation, create legal and economic uncertainty, and harm consumers.
In 2015, the Federal Communications Commissions passed a plan to reclassify internet service providers as a utility under Title II regulations of the Communications Act. This new classification was a fundamental shift from the previous consensus that the internet should be allowed to develop without major government interference. Since the FCC repealed Title II regulations in 2017 consumers have experienced a rapid increase in broadband download speeds, rising nearly 40 percent in the following year. ISP’s have also been able to offer new services to consumers without the constraints of utility-style regulations.
Congress needs to end this ping-pong approach to telecommunications policy and pass a bill that enshrines broadly agreed upon principles that preserve a free and open internet into law. H.R. 1644 fails to accomplish these goals. For those reasons we urge you to oppose H.R. 1644.