The Boucher/Goodlatte Bills:
Bad News for Consumers and the Internet

H.R. 1685 (Boucher) and H.R. 1686 (Goodlatte) claim to encourage the growth and development of the Internet. In fact, the bills would discourage investment in new broadband facilities by imposing undefined access obligations on cable systems, satellite companies and other high-speed Internet competitors. Instead of taking a "hands off" approach to the rapidly changing Internet marketplace, Boucher/Goodlatte would impose monopoly-era, legacy regulation on the emerging – and highly competitive – market for broadband Internet access.

NetAction agrees with FCC Chairman William E. Kennard that government intervention in the nascent broadband industry is premature. Not only is the presumption that cable operators have a broadband monopoly wrong, but placing "unbundling" requirements on cable systems would destroy the only realistic option for creating the vibrant local telephone competition envisioned by the 1996 Telecommunications Act.

Imposing Legacy Monopoly Regulation on New Technologies is the Wrong Approach

Forced Access to Cable Broadband is Technically Premature and Unwarranted

Mandated Cable Broadband Access Will Harm Consumers and Discourage Competition

To let your representatives in Congress know you oppose this bill, visit the Consumers Voice web site.