The American Cable Association is asking the FCC to refrain from adopting its proposed broadband privacy and data security rules “because they are unwarranted, exceed the scope of the FCC’s authority and would impose onerous obligations on smaller broadband providers with few, if any, offsetting benefits for consumers.”
ACA maintains that the FCC should base any rules on the framework established by the Federal Trade Commission.
“The FCC’s proposed rules would needlessly increase costs and burdens for broadband providers, particularly smaller ones, with little to no consumer benefit, including because they fail to cover all actors in the Internet ecosystem,” ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka says. “To avoid these problems, the FCC should harmonize any rules with the FTC’s more flexible and less onerous approach, which apply to all actors alike and has produced demonstrable benefits for consumers for decades.”
ACA’s recommendations were submitted in reply comments to the FCC on July 6.
“The FCC should reject calls to adopt its proposed rules (or to make them even more burdensome and disruptive), and should instead adopt a flexible framework that respects the needs and means of small providers,” Polka adds.
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