Comments in Response to the FCC Regarding the ‘Restoring Internet Freedom Order’ Remand

Doug Brake April 20, 2020
April 20, 2020

The D.C. Circuit court's Mozilla opinion required the FCC to consider the impact of its Restoring Internet Freedom Order on public safety communications, the Lifeline program, and its pole-attachment authority. ITIF wrote to the Federal Communications Commission, encouraging it to continue its efforts to promote innovation and investment in broadband networks through light-touch regulation. Broadband access for all Americans is now more important than ever. Thankfully nothing in the way the "Restoring Internet Freedom Order" impacts public safety, pole attachments, or the Lifeline program indicates the Commission needs to revisit its decision to rescind the Title II classification. While ITIF urged the FCC to consider revisiting its abdication of ancillary authority over broadband altogether,  it should be encouraged that it's actions appear to have had a beneficial impact on the broadband market and should not restrict its authority in other areas.