WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement supporting a measure to nullify a rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission that jeopardized data security by destabilizing the internet ecosystem:
“We live in an age where we have unparalleled access to information and can obtain anything with just one click of a button. As we continue to navigate this new world of technology and the ever evolving internet ecosystem, it is critical that we take steps to properly and responsibly protect consumers without creating inconsistent policies. However, under this Obama-era rule, internet service providers are arbitrarily held to a different standard than the rest of the internet ecosystem, stifling innovation, growth, and contrary to popular belief – consumer protection.
“Before this rule’s implementation, both Republicans and Democrats alike opposed the regulation because it was clear that the Federal Trade Commission's legal authority to set and enforce the internet privacy framework has effectively protected consumers and is well positioned to continue doing so. I support S. J. Res 34 to roll back this ineffective rule and clarify the regulatory framework and most importantly, provide Americans with a consistent set of privacy rules. I am pleased that the House and the Senate acted on this issue and look forward to President Trump signing this important measure into law.”
To learn more about S.J. Res. 34, A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services”, click here.
Caroline Boothe, Communications Director