Late last year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), under the guise of protecting privacy, rolled out a rule creating a new and unnecessary regulatory regime that would impact the ability of manufacturers to innovate. Today, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act that would rescind the regulation. This is good news for manufacturers.
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has been a vocal opponent of this rule since it was first proposed last year. We filed comments with the FCC back in May 2016 opposing it. Earlier this month, the NAM joined with other industry voices urging Congress to rescind it.
All companies are already subject to a robust privacy protection regime currently enforced by the Federal Trade Commission. The FCC’s broadband privacy rule created a new and duplicative regulatory regime at a time when a consistent regulatory framework across the entire internet ecosystem is needed.
Our nation’s telecommunications infrastructure has helped the shop floors in America become some of the most highly sophisticated and connected environments in the world. Unnecessary regulations that lead to decreased investment in that infrastructure will only risk our lead in the race for new and innovative technologies that have the potential to transform our economy and create jobs.
The NAM applauds the Senate vote today and looks forward to working with the House of Representatives to advance this issue.