Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Opposition to Net Neutrality

Big government can’t seem to keep its hands off of anything. The latest insult: President Obama and the Federal Communications Commission are going to take over the Internet on February 26th if we don’t do everything we can do to stop them right now. 

A plan deceivingly referred to as “Net Neutrality,” involves declaring the Internet a “public utility” and gives the FCC the power to decide what Internet service providers can charge and how they operate. This is not only a direct attack on the free market, but it will also result in an increase in Internet access fees for millions of consumers in America. It’s a massive tax on the middle class, plain and simple. 

The details are complicated but here’s the truth: If "Net Neutrality" is passed, for the first time ever, the Internet will be under the rule of an antiquated regulation designed for land line telephones. President Obama wants to take something that’s working just fine, and tie it up in red tape--sound familiar? We've seen this movie before--it's called ObamaCare. 

The FCC plans to vote on Feb. 26th on whether or not the government should take their usual heavy handed approach to controlling the Internet or do the right thing and leave it alone. 

I need your help to tell President Obama and the FCC: "Don't mess with the Internet!"

An unregulated Internet has been the single greatest catalyst in history for individual liberty and free markets on the planet. It has created the greatest revolution since Henry Ford invented the Model T. 

Let's get this straight--technology has progressed because it has been driven by a free and open Internet--not because of DC bureaucrats. This latest attempt to regulate the web threatens to interrupt that positive innovation, set the market back, and kill jobs. 

A free, flourishing Internet is as important as anything man has ever created. But those freedoms are under assault. 

Please, stand with me and help protect Internet freedom by signing this petition today.

These attempts to regulate the Internet are a direct attack on the freedom of information and an innovative market. The government needs to stay out of the way. 

Free markets are worth protecting. Please tell your friends, your families, that there’s nothing neutral about net neutrality. We have to stop this aggressive, invasive, and harmful regulation and we need all the help we can get to do it.


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WASHINGTON, DC (PR) – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law Chairman Tom Marino (R-Pa.), Congressman Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), and Congressman Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) introduced H.R. 235, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA). Last Congress, the House of Representatives passed PITFA by voice vote.

Access to the Internet is a critical gateway to jobs, education, healthcare, and entrepreneurial opportunities. Original legislation that temporarily banned Internet access taxes, the Internet Tax Freedom Act, was first enacted in 1998 and extended five times with enormous bipartisan support. The most recent extension expires on October 1, 2015.

PITFA keeps the Internet affordable and drives innovation by banning access taxes permanently. If the moratorium is not renewed or made permanent, the potential tax burden on Americans would be substantial. It is estimated that Internet access tax rates could be more than twice the average rate of all other goods and services – and the last thing that Americans need is another tax bill on their doorsteps.

Chairman Goodlatte, Congresswoman Eshoo, Subcommittee Chairman Marino, Congressman Chabot, and Congressman Cohen issued the following statements:

Chairman Goodlatte: “Whether business owners or jobseekers, grandparents or students, all Americans benefit from tax-free access to the Internet. Internet access drives innovation and the success of our economy. It is a gateway to knowledge, opportunity, and the rest of the globe. And year after year, Congress has chosen to temporarily extend the bipartisan ban on Internet access taxes. The time has come to make this ban permanent.”

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo: “At the end of the 113th Congress, the House and Senate agreed to a one year extension of the ban on taxing Internet access, a necessary measure to avoid expiration of the ban that has protected access to broadband for every American and protected the growth of our digital economy. A permanent ban on Internet access taxes is the crucial next step, and the introduction of the bipartisan Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act reopens the debate in the new Congress. Passage of this bill would ensure that millions of consumers will not be burdened with an increase to their monthly Internet bills due to new state and local access taxes.”

Subcommittee Chairman Marino: “Our citizens are subject to taxation in almost every facet of their lives. Access to the Internet and thereby access to educational, health, safety, and entertainment information, is one of the last areas government has yet to tax. For too long the ban on taxation of access to the Internet has been temporary. This measure makes the ban permanent. The way it should be.”

Congressman Chabot: “When Congress first enacted the Internet tax moratorium in 1998, the Internet was still in its infancy. Since then, free from the stifling effects of taxation, the Internet has grown exponentially, becoming a significant driver of economic activity and growth and an essential component of our daily lives. By making the moratorium permanent, we can foster the Internet’s future growth and innovation, while helping to ensure that Internet access remains affordable for millions of Americans." 

Congressman Cohen: “The Internet is more than just a tool for communicating and exchanging information, it is a critical economic necessity for millions throughout our country. The American people deserve affordable access to the internet and the Permanent Internet Access Tax Freedom Act will help prevent unreasonable cost increases that hurt consumers and slow job creation.”

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