Manufacturers Take Action on FCC Ruling

NAM Files Amicus Brief in Open Internet Lawsuit

Washington, D.C., August 6, 2015 – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), along with several business associations, filed an amicus brief today to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in support of the pending lawsuit on the legality of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to regulate the open Internet. 

“Manufacturers will not sit idle while the FCC stops innovation cold with Depression-era regulations,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “The FCC’s arbitrary and antiquated rules will curtail future investment in our nation’s digital infrastructure and harm U.S. manufacturers’ ability to out-innovate and outperform our competitors. The Internet is not broken—that is why we’re actively supporting litigation to stop this unnecessary federal intervention into the open Internet.”

A copy of the brief is available here.

A recent study estimates that capital investment by certain broadband providers could be between $28.1 billion and $45.4 billion lower than expected over the next five years if wireless broadband is reclassified, per the FCC’s decision.

To learn more about the NAM’s efforts to protect the open Internet, click here.  



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