Net neutrality foes to label policy a ‘job killer’

Broadband providers will send their chief executives to Capitol Hill next week to argue that net-neutrality rules are not necessary and could hurt job creation, trade associations announced this week, The Hill reports. The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) will fly in the leaders of more than 15 companies to meet with House Commerce committee leaders, including Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Rick Boucher (D-Va.), and FCC commissioners. The CEOs will come from companies such as AltaCom, Tellabs and Alcatel-Lucent, among others, according to Danielle Coffey, vice president of government affairs at TIA. It has been unclear how vocally companies would express their opposition to net-neutrality. The industry’s leaders are working toward a legislative proposal they hope will fend off tougher rules from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Coffey and officials from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers made it clear that aggressive messaging remains a key part of the strategy. Companies will try to get the word out through their trade associations that, in their eyes, net-neutrality rules are a job killer.

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