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 Network (ASBN) is a partner to businesses and the investor community to bring collective wisdom and public policy solutions to the systemic issues negatively impacting our society and planet. Founded through the merger of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and Social Venture Circle (SVC), ASBN rejects short-term thinking narrowly focused on just shareholder value in favor of a capitalism based on creating long-term value and being accountable to all stakeholders: owners, workers, families, community, environment, state, nation, and world. As a multi-issue, membership organization advocating on behalf of every business sector, size, and geography, ASBN and its association members collectively represent over 250,000 businesses across our networks.