ITIF Welcomes Mozilla Decision, Calls for Legislation

October 1, 2019

WASHINGTON—The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the leading science and tech policy think tank, today welcomed the D.C. Circuit Court’s opinion upholding the Federal Communication Commission’s repeal of the Obama-era net neutrality rules. ITIF released the following statement from Director of Broadband and Spectrum Policy Doug Brake:

The D.C. Circuit Court is right to uphold the Restoring Internet Freedom order. Repealing the Title II rules was an important step toward a modern framework that isn’t predicated on broadband as a common carrier utility service.

However, the FCC’s order wasn’t perfect. What’s more, with the court’s decision, states can move forward with their own regulations, creating more confusion and potential conflict. Broadband networks—the fundamental communications platform of our day—deserve uniform, nation-wide, expert agency oversight at the FCC. Also, today’s opinion probably isn’t the last word on net neutrality. Congress should write compromise rules under new broadband authority to end the back-and-forth at the FCC and the courts.