Engine Statement on the No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act

Photo Credit: Martin Jacobsen

Photo Credit: Martin Jacobsen

Today, the House of Representatives voted 241-173 to pass the “No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access.” Earlier this week, Engine joined a letter from a coalition of 49 organizations opposing the legislation.

The following statement can be attributed to Evan Engstrom, Executive Director of Engine:

“The House of Representative’s passage of H.R. 2666, the No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act, is another disappointing reminder that many leaders in Washington still do not understand how important strong, enforceable net neutrality rules are for the continued vitality of the startup ecosystem. While the bill is nominally designed to codify the FCC’s disavowal of authority to regulate broadband rates, it goes well beyond this stated goal, limiting the FCC’s capacity to enforce its net neutrality rules and police a wide variety of harmful ISP practices. The ambiguous legislation could make it difficult or impossible for the FCC to enforce merger conditions, address predatory data cap policies, and protect against interconnection abuses. We urge the Senate and the White House to listen to the millions of startups, entrepreneurs, technologists, and Internet users that supported the FCC’s Open Internet Order and reject H.R. 2666.”