Statement Against FCC Net Neutrality Decision

Media Release

Washington, DC – In advance of tomorrow’s expected publication in the Federal Register of the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality protections, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) released the following statement, which may be attributed to David Levine, President and Co-founder:

“The publication of the repeal of the net neutrality protections in the Federal Register is an unwelcome reminder that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has chosen to gut the foundation of free enterprise in the United States. Only a few companies sell internet access, but virtually all companies in America rely on it.

“Unencumbered connectivity is a key engine of business productivity, innovation, and growth. We will continue working with our coalition to ensure that Congress solidifies the principle of net neutrality in legislation.”

ASBC published an open letter letter to FCC director Ajit Pai in August, signed by more than 500 U.S. businesses, explaining how weakening or removing net neutrality protections would hurt the American economy.

ASBC is asking concerned businesses to sign a new letter encouraging Congressional action. It says in part, “Removing the 2015 standards undermines our free market economy by handing internet access providers immense power to steer businesses and customers one way or another. Our businesses can ill afford the potentially escalating fees that will be needed to reach our customers.“

The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) partners with business organizations and companies to advocate for solutions and policies that support an equitable, sustainable, stakeholder economy. We are a multi-issue, business organization advocating on behalf of all sectors, sizes, and geographies of industry. ASBC and our association members collectively represent over 250,000 businesses across our networks.

We are coalition-focused in our approach to solving the pervasive and systemic issues of climate and energy, infrastructure, circular economy, and creating an inclusive stakeholder economy, all seen through the lens of racial equity and justice. We are changing the rules by which business is done so it is better for all people and the environment