A Resolution Regarding the Regulation of Broadband Information Services in Innovative and Expanding Competitive Markets
WHEREAS, it is the mission of the American Legislative Exchange Council to advance the Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism and individual liberty, and
WHEREAS, broadband information services sector is critical to growing the nation’s economy, enhancing quality of life through new and innovative applications, and enabling greater job creation, and
WHEREAS, the rise of private investment in broadband technologies has dramatically transformed the way consumers work, live, learn, and conduct their daily lives, and
WHEREAS, ALEC believes that innovation, private investment, and market competition, not additional regulations, should drive the continued deployment and adoption of broadband information services, and
WHEREAS, the FCC is considering a plan that could impose its Title II authority over legacy telephone networks on the Internet and regulate the provision of broadband Internet access services as common carrier services, and
WHEREAS, today’s deregulatory framework helps support nearly 11 million jobs annually in the U.S. and has unleashed over $1.2 trillion dollars of investment in advanced wire line and wireless broadband networks, as well as an entirely new apps economy;
WHEREAS, treating broadband Internet access services as Title II “telecommunications services” would substantially inhibit incentives for continued broadband investment and innovation and permit government micromanagement of all aspects of the Internet economy; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that ALEC voices its support of lawmakers and regulators avoiding the unnecessary, burdensome and economically harmful regulation of broadband Internet service companies, including the providers of the infrastructure that supports and enables Internet services, and further
BE IT RESOLVED, that ALEC urges that the FCC, Congress and state regulatory and legislative bodies refocus their efforts on specific and limited initiatives targeted at enabling broadband providers whose objective is to expand broadband access to unserved households and businesses , rejecting overly prescriptive regulations that would harm innovation, investment, and job growth, and further
BE IT RESOLVED, that ALEC’s opposition to the sweeping reclassification of broadband services be communicated to all ALEC members, and further
BE IT RESOLVED, that ALEC shall convey its support to the members of the United States Congress and Executive Branch.
Originally adopted by the ALEC Communications and Technology Task Force at the 2010 Annual Meeting.
Updated at the 2014 Annual Meeting.