AFP - Tell Congress to Stop the FCC's Internet Takeover

President Obama's Federal Communications Commission seems intent on regulating the Internet no matter what.

Last Fall, it was about "net neutrality" regulation – a nice sounding idea that in practice would undermine investment, disrupt the functioning of networks, and empower the FCC to be traffic cops for the Internet.

A couple of months ago the FCC was smacked down in court by the DC Circuit, which found that the commission's claim that it had authority to regulate the Internet was not based in law.  Did they back down?  Did they ask Congress to give them the authority they wanted the legitimate way, by passing a law?  Of course not.

Instead they escalated their regulatory onslaught, proposing to reclassify Internet access as a public utility and put it under the framework designed in the 1930s for the old-fashioned phone network.  Wall Street analysts called this "the nuclear option" because of the devastating effect it would have on investment.

Last Thursday, on a 3-2 party-line vote, the FCC opened a Notice of Inquiry on reclassifying the Internet as a regulated public utility.  I'll ask you to put comments in that docket soon, but right now it's critical that we focus on Congress.

We must get Congress to step in and STOP the FCC's Internet takeover now, because the FCC has launched secret meetings this week to strong-arm and coerce Internet companies into accepting net neutrality regulations or face even more devastating reclassification into a public utility!

Please click here now and tell Congress to STOP the FCC Internet takeover.

It's a shakedown.  And the way to stop it is to make crystal clear that reclassifying the Internet into a public utility is political suicide – for Congress.  We need to send a message that if Congress looks the other way and allows this to happen, we will hold them responsible.

The leading advocate of net neutrality regulations – which the FCC is now trying to accomplish via a back-room shakedown – Free Press founder Robert McChesney explained precisely what's at stake when he said:

"At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies. We are not at that point yet. But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control."

We can't let Congress look the other way while the FCC takes over the Internet.

Please click here now and tell Congress to STOP the FCC Internet takeover.

Phil Kerpen
Vice President, Policy

P.S. After you write to Congress, please check out our project web site at where you can learn a lot more about this critical issue, see our TV and print ads, and -- if you believe that the Internet is a model for economic growth and job creation that the FCC shouldn't be able to get its hands on -- you can donate to keep this effort going through our secure donation page.
P.P.S. I'm excited to announce that FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell -- one of the stalwart good guys at the commission who are fighting against Obama's extreme regulatory agenda --  is a confirmed keynote speaker at AFP Foundation's national RightOnline activism conference taking place in Las Vegas on July 23 and 24.    He'll brief us on what's happening on the inside at the FCC and how we can stop it.  You can sign up at