The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), along with several business associations, recently filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in support of the pending lawsuit on the legality of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to regulate the open Internet.
“Manufacturers will not sit idle while the FCC stops innovation cold with Depression-era regulations,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “The FCC’s arbitrary and antiquated rules will curtail future investment in our nation’s digital infrastructure and harm U.S. manufacturers’ ability to out-innovate and outperform our competitors. The Internet is not broken—that is why we’re actively supporting litigation to stop this unnecessary federal intervention into the open Internet.”
In July, the Federal Communications Commission approved a Declaratory Ruling and Order (Ruling) that purports to clarify – but greatly expands the reach of – the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The FCC issued the ruling intending to address nearly two dozen outstanding petitions, including ACA’s January 2014 petition that asked the FCC to clarify the long-standing uncertainty about the law’s application and enforcement – which has caused legitimate businesses attempting to follow the law to be vulnerable to predatory lawsuits.