Preemptive Internet Regulation Would Worsen Economy and Stifle Broadband Investment and Deployment

WASHINGTON—Scott Cleland, chairman of NetCompetition.org, today questioned why the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet is using today’s hearing, “H.R. 5353, the Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008,” to focus on net neutrality legislation. Preemptive regulation, when the Internet is flourishing could worsen the economic recession, cost the U.S. jobs and innovation and put on hold broadband deployment that could help to be a stable economic force to dig the economy out of recession.