Background: Today, USTelecom and other entities jointly submitted arguments to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to impose public utility regulation on the Internet.
The following statement is from USTelecom President & CEO Walter B. McCormick Jr:
“USTelecom supports the open Internet standards, our member companies operate in conformance with them, and we believe that they should be enacted into law by the United States Congress. However, the FCC’s reclassification of broadband Internet access to be a Title II common carrier service involves extraordinary regulatory overreach, and a broad assertion of jurisdiction that inserts the commission deep into the management and operation of the Internet, violates two decades of established law and FCC precedent, and is contrary to the express provisions of statute. As our brief shows, the commission’s approach is both unlawful and unwise, abandoning a long-successful policy that has produced hundreds of billions of dollars in broadband infrastructure investment. While we are challenging the FCC’s action in court and believe we will be successful, we will continue to work toward positive enactment of the open Internet standards in Congress consistent with our long-standing support for an open Internet.”
USTelecom is the nation’s leading trade association representing broadband service providers and suppliers. Its diverse member base ranges from large publicly traded communications corporations to small companies and cooperatives – all providing advanced communications services to markets both urban and rural.