FCC Privacy Rules Place Undue Restrictions on ISPs

Arlington, VA (October 27, 2016) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, said that today’s split-decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on consumer privacy rules for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) creates an uneven and overly burdensome regulatory environment.  The new rules, which affect how ISPs can use the information they collect, are significantly more restrictive than the privacy regulations placed on websites.

TIA CEO Scott Belcher issued the following statement:

“Instead of adopting an approach consistent with existing Federal Trade Commission privacy protections, the FCC has again chosen to place burdensome regulatory requirements on ISPs. This not only creates an uneven playing field, but it serves as another disincentive to investment. Consumers will benefit the most if American companies are encouraged and supported as they seek to lead the world in making 5G and IoT innovations a reality.”


Ashley Simmons, 703-907-7704, asimmons@tiaonline.org

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The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit tiaonline.org for more details. TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and is a proud sponsor of ANSI’s Standards Boost Business campaign. Visit www.standardsboostbusiness.org for details.