WASHINGTON – ITI, the global voice of the tech sector, released the following statement from Vice President for Government Affairs Vince Jesaitis after the U.S. House of Representatives approved a Congressional Review Act (CRA) introduced by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) to repeal the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) potentially overreaching broadband privacy rules adopted late last year. ITI has been a proponent of developing FCC rules in line with the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) privacy framework which has protected consumers while allowing for a thriving internet:
“We urge President Trump to sign this bill into law so the FCC can begin drafting rules that better reflect the well-established and robust privacy framework developed by the FTC that led to the vibrant internet ecosystem we have today,” Jesaitis said. “ITI commends the House for passing Rep. Blackburn’s resolution, which if signed into law, can offer a fresh opportunity to ensure the internet will continue to flourish under proven privacy protections. We stand ready to work with the FCC to achieve that goal.”
The vote in the House comes a week after the Senate passed companion legislation introduced by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), clearing the bills for the president’s signature. Last July, ITI President and CEO Dean Garfield testified before the Senate Commerce Committee about the tech industry’s concern that the FCC proposal was unnecessary, overly broad and prescriptive, and could impact edge service providers and the greater tech ecosystem.