In response to the failed Congressional attempts to disapprove the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order, the Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA) issued the following statement:
The attempt to disapprove the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order has effectively failed in the Congress. This does not mean, however, that the issue of an open Internet, which has dominated communications policy debates for over a decade, has ended. Nor should it. Instead, Congress should take this opportunity to enact bipartisan legislation that will remove this issue from politics, designate broadband as a Title I information service, enshrine in law the core principles of an open Internet – no blocking of legitimate online content, no throttling based on content or unfair discrimination against content – and add robust consumer privacy protections that apply to all companies equally, so that consumers have one set of privacy protections everywhere on the Internet and no matter how they access the Internet.
As co-chairs of the Internet Innovation Alliance, we stand ready to assist in this effort, which we believe will spur a new era of investment and innovation throughout the broadband ecosystem as the nation transitions to the era of 5G, which will bring exponentially faster speeds and exciting new innovations and products to consumers.”