The Federal Communications Commission has just released their so-called “Open Internet” order it approved last month. As the NAM has said in the past, this move to regulate the Internet will have a serious impact on manufacturers.
By applying a more than 70 year old law designed to regulate the use of rotary phones on the Internet growth in innovation and infrastructure will halt and burden manufacturers with more uncertainty. Manufacturing companies and facilities are dependent on the use of the Internet infrastructure and have leveraged the use of this free and open technology to become innovative, productive and advanced job creators here in the United States.
This dramatic shift towards government regulation of the once open Internet goes against twenty years of bipartisan support of internet freedom and stands in the way of manufacturing progress. Now is the time for Congress to act and the NAM will continue to engage members to work towards a legislative solution.