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Statement Against FCC Net Neutrality Decision

For Immediate Release: 
February 21, 2018

“The FCC has chosen to gut the foundation of free enterprise in the United States. Unencumbered connectivity is a key engine of business productivity, innovation, and growth.”

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Bob Keener
ASBC
617-610-6766

Washington, DC – In advance of tomorrow’s expected publication in the Federal Register of the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality protections, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) released the following statement, which may be attributed to David Levine, President and Co-founder:

“The publication of the repeal of the net neutrality protections in the Federal Register is an unwelcome reminder that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has chosen to gut the foundation of free enterprise in the United States. Only a few companies sell internet access, but virtually all companies in America rely on it.

“Unencumbered connectivity is a key engine of business productivity, innovation, and growth. We will continue working with our coalition to ensure that Congress solidifies the principle of net neutrality in legislation.”

ASBC published an open letter letter to FCC director Ajit Pai in August, signed by more than 500 U.S. businesses, explaining how weakening or removing net neutrality protections would hurt the American economy.

ASBC is asking concerned businesses to sign a new letter encouraging Congressional action. It says in part, “Removing the 2015 standards undermines our free market economy by handing internet access providers immense power to steer businesses and customers one way or another. Our businesses can ill afford the potentially escalating fees that will be needed to reach our customers.“

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