The following statement can be attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, in response to the internal circulation of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) proposed rules regarding the Open Internet:
“As Chairman Wheeler said during our public conversation at the 2014 International CES®, in a competitive environment the FCC doesn’t need to take much action related to an Open Internet, if any at all.
“We have long supported this view and publicly told the FCC it needs to ensure that competitive forces preserve the Open Internet. If the Commission does act, then it must give effect to the limits on its authority and take a cautious and factual approach.
“The Internet is one of the greatest economic and cultural forces ever. It has created multitudes of new businesses and jobs, while connecting people across geographic borders and providing anytime/anywhere access to information and entertainment. As this discussion progresses, we look forward to working with the FCC and the multitude of stakeholders to ensure that the Internet remains free and open.”
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $208 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online atwww.CE.org, www.DeclareInnovation.com and through social media.