IIA Statement Broadens Conversation on Consumer Internet Protections to Include Privacy

In response to the Internet Association (IA) sending a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Charles Schumer calling on lawmakers to codify open internet rules with a bipartisan bill, the Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA) issued the following statement:

Today, the Internet Association joined the chorus of those calling on Congress to enact, this year, a permanent legislative solution to the ‘net neutrality’ debate that is now well into its second decade. The Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA) has long called for a new law in this area based on the core principles of an open internet: no blocking of legitimate online content, no throttling, and no unfair discrimination against legitimate online content. The open internet principles of the FCC’s 2010 Open Internet Order would serve as a useful model. Moreover, we believe this bill should also contain strong protections for consumers’ online privacy.

To succeed, however, the privacy principles should apply on equal terms to all providers and indeed all companies that touch consumers in the internet ecosystem. This is absolutely necessary for the law to give consumers the assurance and security that their privacy is protected, no matter how they access the internet and no matter what sites they visit. All should be able to agree easily on the core principles of an open internet, and we strongly encourage Congress to move forward rapidly, on a bipartisan basis, to enact legislation this year and stand ready to assist in this effort.”

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