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Conservative group says 2.4 million opposed to net neutrality rules

Grant Gross | Oct. 2, 2014
More than 2.4 million people have signed letters calling on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to stop its proposed "takeover" of the Internet in an effort by conservative activist group American Commitment to reframe the debate about the agency's proposed net neutrality rules.

Groups encouraging people to contact the FCC in support of net neutrality failed to disclose how much regulation a reclassification of broadband would entail, Kerpen said. "Our language is much more accurate and honest than the language that came from the liberal petitions calling for regulation, but avoiding using that word," he added. "Our language is much more straightforward."

The FCC has received more than 3.7 million public comments related to its proposed net neutrality rules, with the vast majority of those comments calling on the agency to enact rules.

American Commitment hopes that the letters will discourage the FCC from moving forward with net neutrality rules, or encourage Congress to intervene, Kerpen said.

With the letters, "we've at least denied the commission the pretext of claiming that ... new regulation is, by and large, what the American people want," he added. "They'll will be deprived of representing their actions as being the will of the American people."

American Commitment's letters won praise from Representative Greg Walden, an Oregon Republican, and critic of the FCC's proposed rules. "It is important for these Americans from across the country to be heard loud and clear," he said in a statement.

 

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