Court Decision Could Inhibit Manufacturers’ Access to Internet Infrastructure

MCLA Will Continue to Fight in Our Courts for the Future of Manufacturing

Washington, D.C., June 14, 2016 – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Senior Vice President and General Counsel Linda Kelly issued the following statement after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s decision in the case U.S. Telecom Association et al. v. FCC:

“As modern manufacturing evolves and becomes more connected to the internet, our future growth and success are dependent on technology infrastructure. Today’s decision from the D.C. Circuit creates uncertainty for manufacturers and is a major disincentive to investment in this essential infrastructure.

“The Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action (MCLA) and the NAM will continue to fight the FCC’s misguided policy—in the courts and in Congress—to ensure manufacturers’ growing technology infrastructure needs can be met.”

The MCLA serves as the leading voice of manufacturers in the courts, representing the more than 12 million men and women who make things in the United States. The MCLA strategically engages in litigation as a direct party, intervenes in litigation important to our manufacturers and weighs in as amicus curiae on important cases.

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