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Businesses File Open Letter to FCC and Congress Urging Them to Preserve Net Neutrality

For Immediate Release: 
August 31, 2017
Businesses from across the country tell lawmakers that losing the FCC’s Net Neutrality protections would threaten their ability to reach customers and grow their businesses
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Bob Keener

WASHINGTON, DC (August 31, 2017)—The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) filed an open letter yesterday with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) raising concerns over the agency’s proposed repeal of Net Neutrality rules that prevent Internet Service Providers from blocking, throttling and charging extra fees. In the letter, ASBC joins with over 500 businesses from across the country in warning that “weakening or rolling back the 2015 protections would be disastrous for the country’s business community,” which for years has relied on unencumbered access to the Internet to do business.

The letter highlights how the FCC’s proposed changes would permit Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block websites, slow traffic or charge companies new access fees – changes that would disproportionately impact start-ups and smaller companies. Signatories warn that, “While countries around the world embrace strong, common sense Net Neutrality protections, American businesses could be left behind.”

“We urge the FCC to maintain the existing strong Net Neutrality rules based on Title II of the Communications Act,” said Richard Eidlin, Co-founder and Vice President of Policy of ASBC. “The open Internet has made it possible for American businesses to present our best ideas to the world’s markets without interference or requiring permission from Internet gatekeepers. The FCC’s proposal to do away with Net Neutrality threatens to upset this level playing field that all businesses rely on to compete. We are deeply concerned that this decision will lead to a pay-to-play model, in which ISPs control access to websites, services and apps; and impose new fees that harm some businesses and entrepreneurs in favor of offering an unfair advantage to their competitors.”

More businesses are encouraged to sign on as names are being added on rolling basis. Notable signatories include prominent business associations such as ASBC, Main Street Alliance and Small Business Majority.

The open letter comes just one day ahead of the final deadline for public input on the FCC’s controversial Net Neutrality consultation, which sparked millions of comments, emails and phone calls to decision makers in support of Title II following the July 12th day of action. Recently, billboards targeting Members of Congress supporting the FCC’s plan were posted in several states while lawmakers are back in their home districts for August recess.

The letter and full list of signatures can be found here.

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