Washington, DC, June 11, 2018 – Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge, issued the following statement regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s order restoring internet freedom, which took effect today:
“Don’t believe the hype. Today isn’t the end of net neutrality protections. It’s a change in venue.
Under its previous net neutrality regulations, the FCC regulated some internet companies using its statutory authority to protect consumers from ‘unjust and unreasonable’ practices. Under the ruling that took effect today, the Federal Trade Commission now regulates all internet companies using it statutory authority to protect consumers from ‘unfair or deceptive acts or practices.’
This simple shift in authority from one federal agency to another is why some advocates claim the internet sky is falling. Hyperbole is the only oxygen left in the net neutrality debate, and it’s causing people to hyperventilate.”
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