PROTECTING SMALL BUSINESS, PROMOTING ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Regulating the Internet Not a Directive Sent by Voters, says Small Business Advocate

By at 10 November, 2014, 4:11 pm

..entrepreneurs and small businesses will be hurt the most by President’s call to place the Internet under tight federal control

Washington, D.C. – In response to President Barack Obama’s statement today urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to impose stringent regulations on the broadband Internet, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) president & CEO Karen Kerrigan issued the following statement:

“The message of the election less than one week ago centered on the economy, jobs and the profound concern about the direction of our nation.  It was a vote of no confidence on the governing practices and policies of President Obama, as well as his party in Congress.  People understand that entrepreneurs and the private sector create jobs, not government. President Obama has pushed far too much government on the economy and business, which has hurt quality job growth, investment and entrepreneurship in America.  The President’s immediate, post-election call for radical regulation of the Internet – one area that is actually bringing opportunity to individuals and entrepreneurs – demonstrates how out-of-touch he is with what our country needs to rebuild its confidence and economy.  President Obama is calling for Internet regulation where no harm has been proven.  Like so many of his Administration’s costly and intrusive regulatory undertakings, entrepreneurs and small businesses will get hurt the most. These regulations will impact investment, which means entrepreneurs and small businesses needing quality broadband, or access to broadband, will suffer.  SBE Council remains hopeful that the FCC will stay independent in its approach to “Open Internet” proceedings. Commissioners cannot succumb to political pressure from the White House. Doing so – that is regulating the broadband Internet as a public utility – will do great damage to U.S. innovation and its entrepreneurs.”

SBE Council is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy, research and education organization dedicated to protecting small business and promoting entrepreneurship. For more information, please visit www.sbecouncil.org. @SBECouncil

CONTACT: Karen Kerrigan, kkerrigan@sbecouncil.org

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