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Businesses Condemn FCC Net Neutrality Decision as Bad for Business Competition

For Immediate Release: 
May 19, 2017

“The Internet has democratized access to entrepreneurship for millions of Americans. This decision by the FCC threatens to squash that vital economic opportunity.”

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Bob Keener
ASBC
617-610-6766

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 19, 2017)—The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which has a national network of members representing over 250,000 businesses, released a statement condemning Thursday’s vote by the Federal Communications Commission to begin the formal repeal of current net neutrality rules.

“The Internet has democratized access to entrepreneurship for millions of Americans. However, this decision by the FCC threatens to squash that vital economic opportunity by giving a handful of media giants the power to control Internet traffic to end-users,” said Richard Eidlin, Vice President of Policy for the American Sustainable Business Council.

“Well functioning markets require strong rules to keep a level playing field with fair competition. Rolling back the net neutrality rules would enable Internet service providers to abuse their position as internet gatekeepers and favor some content providers over others.

Small and micro-businesses cannot afford to pay for priority access, as even milliseconds of load-time delays have a negative impact on revenues. Under a two-tier system, small businesses and startups will be at a competitive disadvantage by having to pay higher fees, or accept less efficient service,” Eidlin said.

“A free and open Internet is essential to the success of small businesses and entrepreneurs, who rely on high-speed access to attract customers, create markets and effectively compete. For that reason, we disagree strongly with Chairman Pai’s proposal to eliminate the current rules. An internet without net neutrality is bad for business,” he said.

Current rules, enacted in 2015, reduce the ability of Internet service providers (ISPs) to allow blocking and paid prioritization. Those regulations prevent ISPs from creating ‘fast’ and ‘slow’ lanes that hurt small businesses. The FCC is seeking public comment over the summer before putting together a final set of net neutrality rules.

The American Sustainable Business Council advocates for policy change and informs business owners and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant, sustainable economy. Through its national member network, it represents more than 250,000 business owners, executives and investors from a wide range of industries. www.asbcouncil.org