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INTERNET FREEDOM

A FREE-MARKET SUCCESS


  • The Internet has changed the world immeasurably over the past 20 years, enabling breathtaking advances that have expanded the economy and improved the quality of life for billions of people around the globe.

END EXCESSIVE REGULATION


  • Earlier this year, the FCC declared Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to be public utilities, subjecting them to a host of mandates and rules created in the 1934 Communications Act, long before the Internet was invented or even thought of.
  • Congress should be working to keep the Internet a free, safe space to learn, communicate, and do business, not imposing new rules and restrictions that make it harder for Americans to benefit from it.

POLICY PROPOSALS


  1. End regulation of the Internet by the Federal Communications Commission.
  2. Block sales taxation of out-of-state Internet purchases.
  3. Keep ICANN accountable to stakeholders, not foreign governments.
  4. Enforce intellectual property rights without undue regulation.

QUICK FACTS


  1. Broadband is one of the biggest areas of investment in the U.S. economy with $78 billion invested in 2014.
  2. In 2000, the portion of U.S. households with a home connection to broadband was 3 percent. By 2010, that number had jumped to 70 percent.
  3. Average broadband speeds have doubled every 18 to 24 months, shorter than the time it can take to write and implement a major regulation.

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