Taxpayers Protection Alliance Supports Federal Communications Commission Rollback of Obama-Era Regulations

Grace Morgan

November 24, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) issued the following statement on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) draft order to roll back onerous Title II regulations introduced in 2015:

Taxpayers and consumers win when free markets, not unelected bureaucrats, drive decisions on the growth of the internet.  TPA supports an open internet that is free from utility-style heavy-handed regulation. The Title II order has had a negative impact on citizens across the country, by needlessly stifling investment and innovation.  TPA is encouraged that Chairman Pai’s proposal will help repeal these costly regulations, to the benefit of taxpayers and businesses. 

TPA President David Williams commented, “We support FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to reverse the disastrous 2015 Title II reclassification of broadband internet access and restore internet freedom. Title II will open the spigot to more taxpayer-funded broadband systems across the country.  This is bad news for taxpayers, as there is a history of failure with these programs documented  by TPA’s website,”

Williams continued, “Further, we applaud the Chairman for his transparency in releasing the draft order weeks before the vote.  This level of transparency at the FCC is unprecedented and sets a commendable standard going forward.”

“Unlike other Administrations, Chairman Pai believes taxpayers and citizens deserve to know what the Commission is voting on before the Open Meeting. Prior Adminstrations did not release their draft orders until after the Commission had voted, preventing taxpayers and consumers from being properly informed about the future of their internet freedoms.”

Concluding, Williams stated, “We are certain that an open internet will flourish with limited government interference. The Chairman has done an excellent job protecting Americans from failed policies.”