TechFreedom launches ‘Don’t Break the Net’ campaign
On Tuesday, a 'Don't Break the Net' campaign was launched by non-partisan technology policy think tank TechFreedom, to protest against utility-style regulation of the Internet.
The campaign chiefly involves a petition which calls on the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) not to subject broadband to Title II of the 1996 Telecom Act, especially since the move will give the government the power to enforce 'Net Neutrality' via price controls and other forms of regulations.
The petition is apparently rooted on the fact that TechFreedom and other similar groups are of the opinion that the regulation of broadband "would trigger endless litigation, cripple investment, slow broadband deployment and upgrades, and thus harm underserved communities."
According to TechFreedom, rather than regulating broadband, it is advisable to return to the past twenty years of bipartisan consensus against the government's heavy-handed control of the Internet.
Asserting that credit should be given to President Clinton's FCC chairman Bill Kennard "for choosing not to embroil the Internet in what he called the 'morass' of Title II," TechFreedom President Berin Szoka said that "the best policy would be to maintain the 'Hands off the Net' approach that has otherwise prevailed for 20 years."
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