WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the FCC voted to reclassify broadband as a Title II utility service.
The following statement should be attributed to Jonathan Spalter, chair of Mobile Future:
“Today’s misguided FCC vote to impose outdated and intrusive regulations on our nation’s broadband Internet ecosystem could very well relegate American mobile consumers and the innovators who serve them to the fringes of the global wireless revolution. The historic levels of investment, innovation and consumer demand we see in the wireless sector today were made possible precisely because of the flexible, light-touch, consumer-centric regulatory approach that had been championed until today by both Democratic and Republican policymakers.
“Mobile Future and our members all support an open Internet, which is vital to the future of our nation. The cumbersome and backwards-looking rules adopted today, however, are neither the right path forward, nor will they enhance US mobile innovation and global leadership. The FCC’s action today will have untold and long-term consequences for not only virtually everyone working in the technology space, but also for the vitality, openness and sustainability of the Internet we all cherish. It is extremely disappointing that the FCC majority chose what is without doubt the most restrictive and risky path among all of the options available to safeguard Internet openness.
“Now it is time for the U.S. Congress to move forward with legislation to preserve an open Internet and bring much-needed certainty to the broadband marketplace.”