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MARSHA BLACKBURN

WASHINGTON OFFICE

7TH DISTRICT, TENNESSEE

217 CANNON HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING

WASHINGTON, DC 20515

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THE BUDGET

April24, 2014

The Honorable Tom Wheeler

Chairman

Federal Communications Commission

445 12th Street, SW

Washington, DC 20554

Dear Mr. Chairman:

On April23, 2014, you announced that the draft Open Internet Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

will be placed on the May 15th Open Agenda Meeting and subsequently be open to public

comment and then the FCC will craft and vote on final rules. I am writing today to request that

the Commission follow Executive Order 13563 initiated by President Obama.

As you know, on July 11, 2011, President Obama formally asked independent agencies to join

executive agencies in reducing regulations that place unnecessary burdens on American

businesses and the American people that was outlined in Executive Order 13563. The President

was right to ask independent agencies such as the FCC to join in this effort.

I believe that regulatory reform continues to be a top priority as it will increase investment, spur

innovation, increase competition and create jobs, especially in niy home state of Tennessee.

That is why the FCC in its review of the Open Internet Notice that the agency follow Executive

Order 13563 which states that each agency must, among other things, propose or adopt a

regulation only upon a reasoned determination that its benefits justify the costs.

Congress has clearly stated that it is the policy of the United States to preserve the vibrant and

competitive free market that presently exists for the Internet and other interactive computer

services, unfettered by Federal or State regulation. It is important to understand the implications

of the proposed FCC action will have in preserving the competitive free market that has long

existed for the Internet and its impact on jobs.

Over the last fifteen years, we have all witnessed an explosive growth in innovation and

investment in infrastructure. Before any rule of this magnitude goes into effect, it is imperative

that we fully understand the impact this regulation will have on our economy. Failure to fully

understand the cost benefits ofthis rule could slow our economic recovery and harm job

creation.

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Will you conduct a cost benefit analysis pursuant to the format outlined in the President's

Executive Order? If not, please provide me with a detailed explanation of why such an analysis

is not necessary in your opinion.

Sincerely,

Marsha Blackburn

Member of Congress

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