June 2, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the House of Representatives to defund in the Commerce, Science, and Justice appropriations bill implementation of the “Broadband Technology Opportunities Program” under Pub. L. 111-5, the Broadband Data Improvement Act under Pub. L. 110-385, and “Expanding Broadband Deployment and Adoption by Addressing Regulatory Barriers and Encouraging Investment and Training” presidential memorandum issued March 23, 2015:
“President Obama’s attempt to nationalize broadband by making it a de facto right should be rejected by Congress by defunding the administration’s municipal broadband and other programs. Obama’s elevation of broadband access to the status of being a necessity sets up the justification for even greater federal government intrusion into the Internet Service Provider marketplace. Broadband access is not a right, it is a convenience. If anything Congress should be evaluating the nation’s outdated telecommunications laws with the goal of ending those that restrict access in so-called underserved areas, creating increased competition that allows consumers to choose the level of service that is right for them based upon cost and usage desires.”
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