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Broadcasters' "Next Gen" Proposal to FCC Would Cost Consumers

The new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been one of the most consistently outstanding agencies of the Trump Administration in terms of restoring regulatory sanity after eight years of politicized abuse throughout the Obama Administration.

Unfortunately, the FCC remains under assault from groups seeking to leverage federal policy toward its own advantage, and continued vigilance is critical.

In just the latest illustration, broadcasters have begun pressuring the FCC to allow television stations to begin transmitting signals in a new "ATSC 3.0" format.  Also referred to as "Next Gen," such a transition would impact every American consumer who watches television, and not necessarily for the better.  In addition to costing taxpayers, it could create a de facto federal mandate…[more]

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CFIF Mobilizes Americans Opposed to the Obama Administration’s Title II Internet Power Grab Print
By CFIF Staff
Wednesday, May 10 2017

Campaign connects concerned citizens with the FCC to urge abandonment of the regulatory overreach pushed by previous Commission
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) is mobilizing concerned Americans across the country who are opposed to the Obama-era Title II regulations that gave the federal government sweeping regulatory power over the internet.

Through national digital and activist engagement, CFIF is helping to connect Americans with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to call upon the Commissioners to fix the ill-conceived regulations passed on a party-line vote in 2015 under the previous Chairman.

The message concerned Americans are sending to the FCC points out the harms of the Title II approach and supports Chairman Pai’s current plan to repeal the Obama Administration’s power grab.

“The unprecedented regulatory power the Obama Administration imposed on the internet is smothering innovation, damaging the American economy and obstructing job creation.

“I urge the Federal Communications Commission to end the bureaucratic regulatory overreach of the internet known as Title II and restore the bipartisan light-touch regulatory consensus that enabled the internet to flourish for more than 20 years.

“The plan currently under consideration at the FCC to repeal Obama’s Title II power grab is a positive step forward and will help to promote a truly free and open internet for everyone.”

CFIF has long been a vocal opponent of the federal government micromanaging the internet and has actively engaged in past “Net Neutrality” proceedings from 2010 and 2014. CFIF’s long-standing position is that Title II public utility regulations imposed on the internet directly work against innovation, economic growth and individual liberty. 

As CFIF Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Affairs Timothy Lee explained in the Washington Examiner yesterday, “Reducing regulatory uncertainty and government coercion will encourage private innovation and investment, ensuring that consumers enjoy the fruits of that investment and innovation and network jobs continue to flourish as they have for decades.”

Founded in 1998, CFIF is a constitutional and free-market advocacy organization.

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