Federal IP Jurisdiction Ensures Predictability for Investment

The National Association of Manufacturers has joined a letter with leaders in the telecom and Internet industry to the Senate Commerce and House Energy and Commerce Committee chairmen and ranking members asking Congress to pass legislation affirming that all Internet Protocol (“IP”)-based services are, if regulated at all, regulated at the federal level for purposes of consistency and predictability(Copy of letter.)

The letter’s conclusion:

The continuing evolution of IP-based services will create a more competitive environment and will bring new and innovative services to consumers in all areas of the country. For this trend to continue, Congress must ensure that these inherently interstate services are regulated exclusively at the federal level, to the extent these services need to be regulated at all, and reject efforts to apply legacy state telecommunication regulation to the IP world. By doing so, Congress will encourage the continued development and deployment of new and innovative IP services as well as of the broadband platforms on which those services depend.

Other signers are AT&T, Google, Microsoft, TechAmerica, Telecommunications Industry Association, T-Mobile, Verizon and VON Coalition.

(Hat tip: Tech Daily Dose, National Journal)

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