In a speech to the Detroit Economic Club Thursday (Feb. 5), Jay Timmons, president of the National Association of Manufacturers, took aim at Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler's Title II net-neutrality rule proposal.
Timmons had some issues with the Obama administration's regulatory policies in general – on health care, immigration and the Keystone pipeline – but used the just-proposed open Internet rules as an example of regulations that hurt small businesses "more than anyone."
"The administration’s proposal to impose an 80-year-old regulation on an open and free Internet will chill innovation in manufacturing and disincentivize investment in our broadband infrastructure," Timmons said. "We all want faster connections; this would slow us down.”
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.