NCSL Responds to President Obama's Statement on Net Neutrality


NCSL NewsExecutive Director Urges Minimal Regulatory Approach

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Nov. 10, 2014, President Obama urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reclassify Internet service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act to promote an open Internet, also known as net neutrality.

William Pound, National Conference of State Legislatures executive director, released the following statement about the move.

“The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) respectfully disagrees with the president and urges the FCC to maintain the current federal minimal regulatory approach that allows the competitive marketplace to drive broadband and broadband-related application development and deployment.

NCSL has long supported policies promoting an open, accessible and vibrant Internet consistent with the principles of ‘light touch’ regulation.”

NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.