WASHINGTON—In response to efforts by Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05) to convene a bipartisan net neutrality working group in the House of Representatives, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the top-ranked think tank for science and technology policy, released the following statement from Director of Broadband and Spectrum Policy Doug Brake:
It is high time for both sides of this supposed “battle for the net” to put down their weapons and end this perpetual war. The Save the Internet Act, as flawed as it was, never had a chance of advancing through the Senate or getting the President’s signature. Let’s stop rolling the dice with each court case and every election cycle. Let’s stop holding out for the total win that seems just around the corner but never actually arrives. The Internet deserves better.
Instead, Congress should work on a modern regulatory framework that reflects the 21st century communications marketplace. Congress can and should craft strong net neutrality protections that give users and businesses confidence in our networks, while doing real work to help close the digital divide with funding for rural infrastructure and digital literacy programs.
The prospect of a bipartisan working group on net neutrality in the House is extremely encouraging. Such a group would complement the good work underway by Senators Sinema and Wicker. Congressman Gottheimer should be commended for coordinating such progress on this issue.