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Statement of Administration Policy: H.J. Res. 37 - Disapproval of Federal Communications Commission Rule Regulating the Internet and Broadband Industry Practices

April 04, 2011


STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY

(House Rules)

(Rep. Walden, R-Oregon, and 58 cosponsors)

The Administration strongly opposes House passage of H.J. Res. 37, which would undermine a fundamental part of the Nation's Internet and innovation strategy - an enforceable and effective policy for keeping the Internet free and open. Since the development of the Internet, Federal policy has ensured that this medium is kept open and facilitates innovation and investment, protects consumer choice, and enables free speech. The rule at issue resulted from a process that brought together parties on all sides of this issue - from consumer groups to technology companies to broadband providers - to enable their voices to be heard. Notably, the Federal Communications Commission's rule reflected a constructive effort to build a consensus around what safeguards and protections were reasonable and necessary to ensure that the Internet continues to attract investment and to spur innovation. Disapproval of the rule would threaten those values and raise questions as to whether innovation on the Internet will be allowed to flourish, consumers will be protected from abuses, and the democratic spirit of the Internet will remain intact.

If the President is presented with a Resolution of Disapproval that would not safeguard the free and open Internet, his senior advisers would recommend that he veto the Resolution.

Barack Obama, Statement of Administration Policy: H.J. Res. 37 - Disapproval of Federal Communications Commission Rule Regulating the Internet and Broadband Industry Practices Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/289739