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August 12, 2010

Coalition Letter to the FCC Regarding Net Neutrality

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August 11, 2010

Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street, S.W. Washington, DC 20554

RE: GN Docket No. 10-127, Framework for Broadband Internet Service GN Docket No. 09-191, Preserving the Open Internet

Dear Chairman Genachowski and Members of the Commission,

We the undersigned, representing millions of American citizens, write in strong opposition to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) effort to regulate the Internet.

Over the past 25 years, the Internet has flourished in large part due to the extremely limited role that government has played. In less than a decade, the private sector has expanded broadband Internet access to over 95 percent of American households. Since 2004, the price to access the Internet has dropped by 23 percent, while during the same period overall consumer prices have trended upward.
Despite universal acknowledgement that Americans enjoy a free, open, and vibrant Internet, the FCC is relentlessly pursuing a massive regulatory regime that would stifle broadband expansion, create congestion, slow Internet speeds, jeopardize job retention and growth, and lead to higher prices for consumers.

We oppose the FCC’s effort to regulate the Internet under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934, which was written during the depression era to regulate telephone monopolies – 60 years before the Internet was ever conceived. These proposed regulations would permit the FCC to dictate how the networks that serve as the backbone of the Internet are managed, thereby removing incentives for further investment and opening the door for price setting or future regulatory action. It could also remove the ability for parents and ISPs to prevent inappropriate material from entering the home. This regulatory “reclassification” would effectively turn innovative private Internet services into a public utility.

Earlier this year, a U.S. Court of Appeals found that the Commission was attempting to “shatter” the bounds of its legal authority by trying to enact Net Neutrality regulations without Congressional authority. We view this renewed effort by the FCC to reclassify the Internet under Title II as even more unfounded and onerous.

By pursuing Title II reclassification, the Commission is turning its back on years of precedent set by multiple U.S. Congresses, presidential administrations, the FCC’s own rulings, and the U.S. Supreme Court, which all found that the Internet should remain unregulated. Even more disconcerting, the Commission’s actions show complete disdain for strong bipartisan opposition voiced by a vast majority in Congress and the American people.

Placing the nation’s 21st century communications system under a pre-World War II law is the wrong approach to continuing broadband Internet expansion and adoption. The Internet has never been a regulated utility and we urge you to keep it that way by rejecting so-called “Net Neutrality” regulations on the Internet and the proposed Title II reclassification.

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Jim Martin
Chairman
60 Plus Association

Dr. Carl Herbster
President
AdvanceUSA

Susan A. Carleson
Chairman/CEO
American Civil Rights Union

David A. Keene
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President
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Citizens Against Government Waste

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Director, Center for Technology Freedom
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Iowans for Discounted Taxes

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President
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State Director
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President
Kansas Policy Institute

Seton Motley
Editor in Chief, StopNetRegulation.org
President, Less Government

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Joe Seehusen, President and CEO
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Owner & Writer
LibertyPundits.com

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Executive Director
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State Director
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Chair
Maine Center-Right Coalition

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CEO
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State Director
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President
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President
National Taxpayers Union

Brad Stevens
State Director
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Scott Cleland
Chairman
NetCompetition.org

Adam Stryker
State Director
Nevada - Americans for Prosperity

Corey Lewandowski
State Director
New Hampshire - Americans for Prosperity

Steve Lonegan
State Director
New Jersey - Americans for Prosperity

Phil Kerpen
Director
NoInternetTakeover.com

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State Director
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Wesley W. Harris
Founder
The North Phoenix Tea Party, Arizona

Rebecca Heimlich
State Director
Ohio - Americans for Prosperity

Chris Littleton
President
Ohio Liberty Council

Jack Boyle
Executive Director
Ohio Prosperity Initiative

Stuart Jolly
State Director
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Brandon Dutcher
Vice President for Policy
Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs

Jeff Kropf
State Director
Oregon - Americans for Prosperity

Grant Maloy
Co-Chairman
Orlando Center-Right Coalition

Erling "Skip" Salvesen III
Managing Director
Matthew Balazik
Managing Director
PaCAN - Pennsylvania Commercial Action Network

James Stergios
Executive Director
Pioneer Institute

Kelsey Zahourek
Executive Director
Property Rights Alliance

Warner Todd Huston
Owner and Founder
PubliusForum.com

Charlie Gerow
Chair, Quantum Policy Briefing CEO
Quantum Communications

Adrian Moore
Vice President
Reason Foundation

Chip Hanlon
President
RedCounty.com

Stephen Stone
President Wes Vernon
Columnist RenewAmerica.com

Paul Gessing
President
Rio Grande Foundation

Bruce Larsen
Chairman
Santa Fe Center-Right Coalition, New Mexico

Sam Slom
President
Small Business Hawaii

Jason Williams
Founder
Taxpayer Association of Oregon

Honey Marques
President/CEO
Tea Party Patriots of Scottsdale, Arizona

Lisa Miller
Founder
Tea Party WDC

Ben Cunningham
President
Tennessee Tax Revolt, Inc.

Peggy Venable
State Director
Texas - Americans for Prosperity

C. Preston Noell III
President
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Andrea Lafferty
Executive Director
Traditional Values Coalition

Dale von Breichenruchardt
President

U.S. Bill of Rights Foundation

Ben Marchi
State Director
Virginia - Americans for Prosperity

Jamie Radtke
Chairwoman
The Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation

Mark Tapscott
Editorial Page Editor
The Washington Examiner

Kirby Wilbur
State Director
Washington State - Americans for Prosperity

Carl Gipson
Director, Technology, and Telecommunications Policy
Washington Policy Center

Tom Steele
Founder and Coordinator
We the People of Prescott Valley, Arizona

Mark T. Wellman
President
Webster Atlantic Corporation

Ralph Benko
Author
TheWebstersDictionary.com

Mark Block
State Director
Wisconsin – Americans for Prosperity

Linda Hansen
Senior Vice-President, Executive Director
Wisconsin Prosperity Network

Susan Gore
Founder
Wyoming Liberty Group

Jordan Marks
Executive Director
Young Americans for Freedom (YAF)


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Rep. Joe McLeland Kansas House of Representatives
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Delegate Steven R. Schuh Maryland House of Delegates
Rep. Gary V. Staples Mississippi House of Representatives
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Rep. Tim Jones Missouri House of Representatives
Rep. Mike Miller Montana House of Representatives
Hon. David Bates New Hampshire House of Representatives
Rep. Gary Daniels New Hampshire House of Representatives
Rep. George G. Cleveland North Carolina House of Representatives
Rep. Jim Kasper North Dakota House of Representatives
Rep. John Adams, House Minority Whip Ohio House of Representatives
Rep. Sally Kern Oklahoma House of Representatives
Rep. Ronald G. Peters Oklahoma House of Representatives
Rep. John E. Huffman Oregon House of Representatives
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Rep. Matt Wingard Oregon House of Representatives
Rep. Curtis Oda Utah House of Representatives
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Rep. Ed Orcutt Washington House of Representatives
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