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Open Internet Policy Must Encourage Innovation, Says CTA

Arlington, VA – June 14, 2016 – 
The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decision on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) open internet rules:

“We agree that our nation best thrives with a free, competitive and open internet. But the FCC’s rules upheld today do not ensure competition, investment and innovation. The reclassification to Title II imposes new barriers to innovation, such as requesting permission from the government for new services, and thus compromises the internet’s potential to create new businesses, connect us across borders and provide anytime/anywhere access.

“We are carefully reviewing the court’s decision. With strong views on both sides of this issue, we look forward to our continued work with the FCC on a bipartisan approach to open internet policy.”


About the Consumer Technology Association

Consumer Technology Association (CTA) ™ is the trade association representing the $287 billion U.S. consumer technology industry. More than 2,200 companies - 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world's best known brands - enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. The Consumer Technology Association also owns and produces CES® - the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA's industry services.