NTCA Statement on Save the Internet Act Markup

For Immediate Release

Contact: Laura Withers, 703-351-2087, lwithers@ntca.org

Arlington, Va. (April 2, 2019)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield regarding the Save the Internet Act introduced by Rep. Mike Doyle (D–Pa.). The bill is set to be marked up by the House Energy & Commerce Committee tomorrow.

“As the House Energy & Commerce Committee considers the Save the Internet Act, we must not lose sight of important issues like universal service and small business burdens even as broader policy concerns are discussed,ˮ said Bloomfield. “In particular, we hope that the current debate will once again reflect the bipartisan consensus of two years ago that significant new compliance and reporting burdens should not fall on smaller operators. It is also essential as this debate evolves that nothing in the legislation will put at risk the sustainability and viability of universal service programs that are strongly supported by both sides of the aisle and the American public. These are important public policy objectives in their own right, and they must not become collateral damage in a vigorous debate over Open Internet principles.ˮ