All five Commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are testifying today in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee. The FCC has been exercising their regulatory authority quite liberally lately and the NAM joined other associations to send them a message this morning: Undue regulatory burdens are putting our nation’s future innovation is at risk.
The NAM signed a joint-industry letter to the leaders of the subcommittee calling attention to one of the most recent regulatory overreaches by the FCC: an attempt to create a new set of privacy requirements that would apply to only one industry. This is an unnecessary attempt by the FCC to extend its authority when another agency, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), already has a robust privacy protection regime which currently applies to all industries. The NAM also officially filed comments with the FCC on this issue in May of this year.
We applaud the leaders in Congress that are holding these agency leaders responsible. At a time when manufacturers are leveraging the internet across their shopfloor and in the products made there, we cannot afford regulations that only accomplish one goal: thwarting investment in our nation’s telecommunications infrastructure.