House Commerce Committee Republicans Caution FCC Chair Rosenworcel on Rolling Back Internet Service Protections for Americans

House Commerce Committee Republicans, led by Committee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Republican Leader Bob Latta, sent a letter urging Acting Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Rosenworcel not to impose stringent net neutrality regulations, which could result in Americans losing their internet offerings. Almost immediately after California enforced its new net neutrality law, two Internet providers reportedly told the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that the law could force them to end arrangements with US wireless carriers that enable veterans to access a free, mobile telehealth app called VA Video Connect. In particular, the California law declares unlawful the zero-rating of Internet applications under certain circumstances. What those circumstances are, however, is far from clear under the law – which nonetheless threatens violators with state AG enforcement, private rights of action and potential fines.... We cannot risk losing lifesaving programs like VA Video Connect by imposing heavy-handed regulations under Title II of the Communications Act. This is why we continue to support pro-consumer, light-touch neutrality protections that preserve a highly competitive market, encourage investment and innovation, and limit the unintended consequences we now see as a result of California’s law. 

E&C Republicans Caution Rosenworcel on Rolling Back Internet Service Protections for Americans